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A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Storiesby Ray Bradbury
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Grandmasterof American Letters Ray Bradbury presents the 16 vintage stories and novellasthat informed and prefigured the creation of his dystopian classic, Fahrenheit451. Collecting rare and unknown tales as well as notable early triumphs,A Pleasure to Burn offers an unparalleled window into Bradburys creativeprocess, and a unique glimpse at the evolution of one of the greatest works of20th century American literature. Absolutely essential for fans ofBradbury books like Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes,The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles—and for readersof William Golding, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and other titans ofspeculative fiction—A Pleasure to Burn illuminates the unusual hiddencorners of Bradburys expansive imagination, revealing a creative force asvivid and powerful as the hottest burning flame.
Ray Bradburys novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature—a 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 ones—including, at the collections heart, the novellas “Long After Midnight” and “The Fireman”—A 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 is the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written for the theater and cinema, including the screenplay for John Huston's classic adaptation of Moby Dick. He was nominated for an Academy Award, won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree, and adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater. He lives in Los Angeles.
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