Ray Bradburys novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literaturea chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradburys darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand masters landmark novel. Classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known onesincluding, at the collections heart, the novellas Long After Midnight and The FiremanA Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of Americas preeminent storyteller, a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradburys brilliance, magic . . . and fire.
About the Author
Ray Bradbury (1920 2012) was the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as hundreds of short stories. He wrote for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston s Moby Dick and the Emmy Award winning teleplay The Halloween Tree, and adapted for television sixty-five of his stories for The Ray Bradbury Theater. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and numerous other honors.
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“All 16 pieces in the collection explore the hazards befalling mankind when society contrives to restrain the imagination. An indispensable companion to Bradbury’s most celebrated novel.”
“An essential addition to the bookshelf of every Bradbury fan, the collection is also accessible to curious readers with a taste for the dark, the strange and the macabre.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)