Fahrenheit 451

TitleFahrenheit 451
Year for Search1953
AuthorsBradbury, Ray[mond Douglas](1920-2012)
Tertiary AuthorsBradbury, Ray
PublisherBallantine
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Authoritarian, anti-intellectual dystopia. Fahrenheit 451 is the burning point of paper. See 2007 Bradbury, “The Library” and 2010 Bradbury, “Long After Midnight” for related stories.

Additional Publishers

Serialized in Playboy 1.4 - 6 (March - May 1953): 6-9, 18, 24-25, 28, 35, 41-42, 44, 46-48, 50; 22-23, 28-329, 32-33, 36, 38, 43-44, 49; 19-20, 24, 32, 35-38,43-46, 48-50. A special 200 copy limited edition was bound in Johns-Manville Quintera (asbestos). New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. Rpt. without the asbestos binding New York: Simon & Schuster, 1967, with an “Introduction” by Bradbury (9-15); illus. Joseph Mugnaini. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1982. 40th Anniversary Edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. [50th anniversary ed.] New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003 includes Bradbury’s introduction to the 1967 edition (23-30), “Burning Bright,” his Foreword to the 1993 edition (11-21), and “A New Introduction” (5-9). Collector’s Edition illus. Joseph Mugnaini with an “Introduction” by Eric S. Rabkin (3-8). Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1991. The [60th Anniversary Edition]. with the subtitle Fahrenheit 451–The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013 has an ”Introduction” by Neil Gaiman (xi-xvi). An early version was published as “The Fireman.” Galaxy Science Fiction (New York) 1.5 (February 1951): 4-61; rpt. in Match to Flame: The Fictional Paths to Fahrenheit 451. Ed. Donn Albright and Jon[athan R.] Eller, Textual Ed. (Colorado Springs, CO: Gauntlet Press, 2006), 415-84; and in his A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories (Burton, MI: Subterranean Press, 2010), 203-71. Some other stories in this volume, many of which were originally or previously published in his Match to Flame: The Fictional Paths to Fahrenheit 451. Ed. Donn Albright and Jon[athan R.] Eller, Textual Ed. Colorado Springs, CO: Gauntlet Press, 2006, are related, some quite loosely, to Fahrenheit 451. See Tim Hamilton, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The Authorized Adaptation. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009 for a graphic novel version. A 1966 film was directed by François Truffaut (1932-84) with a screenplay by Jean-Louis Ricard (1927-2012) and Truffaut. It was adapted by Ramin Bahrani (b. 1975) with input by Amir Naderi (b.1946) and broadcast on HBO May 19, 2018. See Bahrani’s “Confessions of a Book Burner.” The New York Times Book Review (May 13, 2018): 19. It was adapted as a musical by Georgia Bogardus Holof (Lyrics); David Mettee (Music); and Eric Rausch (Director) and was first performed June 26, 1989 in New York. A version adapted by Bradbury is Fahrenheit 451 [Cover has Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]. Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Publishing Co., 1986. According to Ralph Willingham, Science Fiction and the Theatre (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), 177 Bradbury adapted it for the theatre for Charles Laughton but the adaptation was never staged or published. 

Info Notes

 See 2007 Bradbury, “The Library” and 2010 Bradbury, “Long After Midnight” for related stories.

Holding Institutions

DLC, HRC, PSt

Author Note

(1920-2012)

Full Text

1953 Bradbury, Ray[mond Douglas] (1920-2012). Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine. Serialized in Playboy 1.4 - 6 (March - May 1953): 6-9, 18, 24-25, 28, 35, 41-42, 44, 46-48, 50; 22-23, 28-329, 32-33, 36, 38, 43-44, 49; 19-20, 24, 32, 35-38,43-46, 48-50. A special 200 copy limited edition was bound in Johns-Manville Quintera (asbestos). New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. Rpt. without the asbestos binding New York: Simon & Schuster, 1967, with an “Introduction” by Bradbury (9-15); illus. Joseph Mugnaini. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1982. 40th Anniversary Edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. [50th anniversary ed.] New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003 includes Bradbury’s introduction to the 1967 edition (23-30), “Burning Bright,” his Foreword to the 1993 edition (11-21), and “A New Introduction” (5-9). Collector’s Edition illus. Joseph Mugnaini with an “Introduction” by Eric S. Rabkin (3-8). Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1991. The [60th Anniversary Edition]. with the subtitle Fahrenheit 451–The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013 has an ”Introduction” by Neil Gaiman (xi-xvi). An early version was published as “The Fireman.” Galaxy Science Fiction (New York) 1.5 (February 1951): 4-61; rpt. in Match to Flame: The Fictional Paths to Fahrenheit 451. Ed. Donn Albright and Jon[athan R.] Eller, Textual Ed. (Colorado Springs, CO: Gauntlet Press, 2006), 415-84; and in his A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories (Burton, MI: Subterranean Press, 2010), 203-71. Some other stories in this volume, many of which were originally or previously published in his Match to Flame: The Fictional Paths to Fahrenheit 451. Ed. Donn Albright and Jon[athan R.] Eller, Textual Ed. Colorado Springs, CO: Gauntlet Press, 2006, are related, some quite loosely, to Fahrenheit 451. See Tim Hamilton, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The Authorized Adaptation. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009 for a graphic novel version. A 1966 film was directed by François Truffaut (1932-84) with a screenplay by Jean-Louis Ricard (1927-2012) and Truffaut. It was adapted by Ramin Bahrani (b. 1975) with input by Amir Naderi (b.1946) and broadcast on HBO May 19, 2018. See Bahrani’s “Confessions of a Book Burner.” The New York Times Book Review (May 13, 2018): 19. It was adapted as a musical by Georgia Bogardus Holof (Lyrics); David Mettee (Music); and Eric Rausch (Director) and was first performed June 26, 1989 in New York. A version adapted by Bradbury is Fahrenheit 451 [Cover has Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451]. Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Publishing Co., 1986. According to Ralph Willingham, Science Fiction and the Theatre (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), 177 Bradbury adapted it for the theatre for Charles Laughton but the adaptation was never staged or published. DLC, HRC, PSt

Authoritarian, anti-intellectual dystopia. Fahrenheit 451 is the burning point of paper. See 2007 Bradbury, “The Library” and 2010 Bradbury, “Long After Midnight” for related stories.