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Fahrenheit 451 68 editions

Cover of: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
About the Book

"The short novel presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed. The central character, Guy Montag, is employed as a "fireman" (which, in this future, means "bookburner"). The number "451" refers to the temperature at which book paper combusts." - Wikipedia

Comment by Margaret Atwood:

As a young teenager, I devoured Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 by flashlight. It gave me nightmares. In the early 1950s television was just rolling forth, and people sat mesmerised in front of their flickering sets, eating their dinners off TV trays. Surely, it was said, "the family" was doomed, since the traditional dinnertime was obsolete. Films and books too were about to fall victim to the new all-consuming medium. My own parents refused to get a TV, so I had to sneak over to friends' houses to gape at The Ed Sullivan Show. But when not doing that, I fed my reading addiction, whenever, however, whatever. Hence Fahrenheit 451. In this riveting book, books themselves are condemned – all books. The very act of reading is considered detrimental to social order because it causes people to think, and then to distrust the authorities. Instead of books the public is offered conformity via four-wall TV, with the sound piped directly into their heads via shell-shaped earbuds (a brilliant proleptic leap on the part of Bradbury). Montag, the main character, is a "Fireman": his job is to burn each and every book uncovered by the state's spies and informers. But little by little Montag gets converted to reading, and finally joins the underground: a dedicated band of individuals sworn to preserve world literature by becoming the living repositories of the books they have memorised.

Fahrenheit 451 predated Marshall McLuhan and his theories about how media shape people, not just the reverse. We interact with our creations, and they themselves act upon us. Now that we're in the midst of a new wave of innovative media technologies, it's time to reread this classic, which poses the eternal questions: who and how do we want to be?

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68 editions First published in 1953

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Fahrenheit 451
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1953, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1955, Science Fiction Book Club
Fahrenheit 451.
in English
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1963, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1966, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1967, Simon and Schuster
Fahrenheit 451
in English - [Book Club ed.]
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1967, Hart-Davis
Fahrenheit 451.
in English - [School ed.]
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1971, BALLANTINE BOOKS
FAHRENHEIT 451
Paperback
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October 12, 1972, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
Mass Market Paperback in English
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1972, Hart-Davis
Fahrenheit 451.
in English
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June 12, 1972, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
Mass Market Paperback in English
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1973, Corgi
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1973, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1976, Grafton Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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January 12, 1976, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
Mass Market Paperback in English
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July 1977, Perfection Learning Prebound
Fahrenheit 451
Unknown Binding
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August 12, 1977, Del Rey
Fahrenheit 451
Mass Market Paperback in English
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September 12, 1979, Del Rey
Fahrenheit 451
Mass Market Paperback in English
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1979, Granada
Fahrenheit 451.
in English
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1979, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1981, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1981, Ballentine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English - 50th Anniversary ed.
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1982, Limited Editions Club
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1982, Del Rey/Ballantine
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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March 28, 1985, Collins Educational
Fahrenheit 451 (Cascades S.)
Hardcover - New Ed edition
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March 28, 1985, Collins Educational
Fahrenheit 451 (Cascades S.)
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1985, Denoël
Fahrenheit 451
Paperback in French
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1986, Grafton Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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December 1986, Dramatic Pub.
Fahrenheit 451
Paperback in English
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1986, Dramatic Pub. Co.
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1987, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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August 12, 1987, Ballantine
Fahrenheit 451
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1987, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
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1988, Chivers
Fahrenheit 451
in English - Large print ed.
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1988, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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June 1988, Coles Pub Group Ltd
Fahrenheit 451
Paperback in English
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June 1990, Amereon Limited
Fahrenheit 451
Hardcover in English
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June 1990, Buccaneer Books
Fahrenheit 451
Library binding in English
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1991, Ballentine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English - Special book club ed.
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1991, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
Paperback in English
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April 1991, Ballentine
Fahrenheit 451
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August 16, 1993, Flamingo
Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics)
Paperback - New Ed edition
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August 16, 1993, Flamingo
Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics)
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1993, Simon & Schuster
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1993, Simon & Schuster
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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1993, Plaza & Janés
Fahrenheit 451
in Spanish
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1995, Denoël
Fahrenheit 451
in French
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1996, Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451
in English - 1st trade ed.
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1997, G.K. Hall
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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October 1999, Tandem Library
Fahrenheit 451
School & Library Binding in English
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March 1, 2000, Heyne
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Paperback in German
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2001, Voyager
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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2002, Büchergilde Gutenberg
Fahrenheit 451
Hardcover in German
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August 2002, Gallimard
Fahrenheit 451
Paperback in French
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June 2002, Aims Intl Books Corp
Fahrenheit 451
Paperback
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2003, Simon & Schuster
Fahrenheit 451
in English
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2004, Debols!llo
Fahrenheit 451.
in Spanish
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November 15, 2005, Blackstone Audiobooks
Fahrenheit 451 (Library Edition)
MP3 CD in English - MP3 Una edition
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February 8, 2005, Modern Library
Fahrenheit 451 (Modern Library Classics)
Paperback in English
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2005, Long Beach Public Library Foundation
Fahrenheit 451
in English - Special ed.
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November 15, 2005, Blackstone Audiobooks
Fahrenheit 451 (Library Edition)
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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November 15, 2005, Blackstone Audiobooks
Fahrenheit 451 (Library Edition)
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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2005, ĖKSMO, Domino
451 po Farengeĭtu
in Russian
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January 3, 2006, Plaza y Janes
Fahrenheit 451 (Spanish Language Edition)
Paperback in Spanish
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December 30, 2006, Chelsea House Publications
Fahrenheit 451
Library Binding in English
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2006, Huang guan wen hua chu ban you xian gong si
Hua shi 451 du
in Chinese - 880-03 Chu ban.
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2013, Norstedts
Fahrenheit 451
Paperback in Swedish

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