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Fahrenheit 451: A Novel


Publisher:Simon & Schuster



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with a new introduction by the author. Fahrenheit 451 - the temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns . . . ALSO KNOWN AS: A shorter version of Fahrenheit 451 appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction under the title "The Fireman." "And the Rock Cried Out" was originally published in Manhunt under the title "The Millionth Murder," copyright 1953 by Flying Eagle Publications, Inc. "The Playground" was originally published by Esquire; copyright 1953 by Esquire, Inc. DESIGNED BY: Eve Metz. JACKET DESIGN BY: Alfred Zalon. MOVIE TIE-IN: This novel was the basis for the 1966 feature film of the same name. CONTENTS: Introduction; Fahrenheit 451; The Playground; And the Rock Cried Out. SYNOPSIS: Since the late 1940's Ray Bradbury has been acclaimed for his works of science fiction and fantasy. Among his most celebrated books are The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Machineries of Joy, which have won him the admiration of a large and varied audience including Graham Greene, Bertrand Russell, Christopher Isherwood, Bernard Berenson, Thornton Wilder, Ingmar Bergman, Clifton Fadiman, and Gilbert Highet, who wrote: Ray Bradbury is, I believe, the finest living writer of fantastic fiction. He has an apparently inexhaustible invention, a fine sensitive style, elegant good taste, and that unusual combination of gifts: a sense of horror and a sense of humor. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 - published originally in 1953 and probably Ray Bradbury's most famous work - is a short novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by the totalitarian "brave new world" regime. The hero - as Mr. Bradbury writes in his new Introduction - is "a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas and cry out, silently, when put to the torch." Today when libraries are once...

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