Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.” (Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1950)

About the book:

“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. 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.” (excerpt from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read: Fahrenheit 451)

Fahrenheit 451 Audio Guide

This audio guide about the classic science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is narrated by Dana Gioia and 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.

Meet Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 on HBO

Fahrenheit 451: Full text

F451 EText Part I
F451 EText Part II
F451 EText Part III

Fahrenheit 451: The Audiobook

Fahrenheit 451 read by Tim Robbins

Fahrenheit 451 John Green

Fahrenheit 451 Thug Notes


Bradbury, R. (1950). Fahrenheit 451. N.Y.: Simon and Schuster.

Background Information for Fahrenheit 451 Laura Randozzo (Prezi)