About the Author

Raymond Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Leonard Spaulding and Esther Moberg Bradbury. He began his writing career while […]


The title Fahrenheit 451 represents the temperature at which paper burns. Based on a 1951 short story, “The Fireman,” the novel depicts a future America […]


In Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury offers a dark vision of twenty-first-century America. The novel portrays a society where rigid conformity is expected of all individuals, and […]

Literary Qualities

Bradbury was for years science fiction’s premier literary stylist, and although his heavy use of adjectives and metaphors can seem cloying today, he remains one […]


Director Francois Truffaut’s version of Fahrenheit 451 (1966) is the finest film adaptation of a Bradbury story to date. Starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner, […]