I have to classify "Fahrenheit 451" in the right literary era/epoch. Can someone help me? Unfortunately I’m not real familiar with the English literature.

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Fahrenheit 451" is considered modern literature.  It was written in the early 1950's.  It is a surprisingly accurate, in many ways, view of the future.  It was written at a time when many people were nervous.  People were nervous about a growing technological capability in warfare and about the contention between world powers holding that technology.  People were becoming somewhat paranoid regarding Communism and being labeled anything but a "true blue American".  That was thanks largely to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a fanatical man with too much time on his hands in search of fame and notoriety.  McCarthy was the cause of lots of fear among writers, actors, and movie-makers which led to some censorship.  Additonally, World War II was just recently ended and the world saw what happened at the hands of Nazi censors and Nazi book-burnings.  Bradbury draws his society of "Fahrenheit 451" to be somewhat like that Nazi regime.  The firemen resemble Nazi SS troops.  Bradbury uses this comparison to get people to associate a bookless society with the Nazi regime.  Current events of the early 1950's had much to do with this novel.