Fahrenheit 451 cover
Reprinted with the permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Cover art by Matt Owen.

When did science fiction first cross over from genre writing to the mainstream of American literature? Almost certainly it happened on October 19, 1953, when a young Californian named Ray Bradbury published a novel with the odd title of Fahrenheit 451. In a gripping story at once disturbing and poetic, Bradbury takes the materials of pulp fiction and transforms them into a visionary parable of a society gone awry, in which firemen burn books and the state suppresses learning. Meanwhile, the citizenry sits by in a drug-induced and media-saturated indifference. More relevant than ever a half-century later, Fahrenheit 451 has achieved the rare distinction of being both a literary classic and a perennial bestseller.

Learn more about Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451:

  • Reader's Guide - Includes information about the book and its author, the historical and literary context of Fahrenheit 451, discussion questions, and more.
  • Teacher's Guide - Contains ten lessons to lead students through Fahrenheit 451. Lessons include thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments.
  • Audio Guide - Narrated by Dana Gioia. Features Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, John Crowley, Paquito D'Rivera, Hector Elizondo, Nat Hentoff, Ursula K. Le Guin, Azar Nafisi, Luis Alberto Urrea and Sam Weller.
  • NEA Big Read: Meet Ray Bradbury - In this video, Ray Bradbury discusses his influences, his interest in reading and writing, Fahrenheit 451, and more.
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