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by Ray Bradbury

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What is the literary time period of Fahrenheit 451 and what are the dates of it?

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Ray Bradbury's acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 was first published on October 19, 1953. Bradbury's story revolves around a fireman named Montag, who attempts to engage in intellectual pursuits by reading literature, which is considered illegal in the futuristic, dystopian society. Bradbury's novel is written during the contemporary/postmodern era (1945–present), which emerged from the bleak era of modernism, where authors expressed rather nihilistic views in their writing and portrayed a sense of disillusionment and loss following WWII throughout their work. The contemporary period was shaped by the Cold War and the significant cultural shifts taking place in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Bradbury's novel explores many popular themes examined by contemporary authors, who depict the impact of technology on society, individualism, conformity, atomic war, and intellectualism. Although Bradbury's work was published during the contemporary/postmodern era, his depiction of a shallow, meaningless existence in a destructive, superficial world reflects the modernist period.

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Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 first appeared in print in 1953, though it was based on a short story - "The Fireman" - published in 1951.  Bradbury's text, published after the end of World War II, can in many ways be considered part of the post-modern literary movement.  In reality, though, it contains not only of post-modern themes, but also those somewhat common in modernism before it.  The novel takes place at a time more of less contemporary with the publication of the novel.  As such, it takes place in the middle of the initial phase of the Cold War, a fact that filters through not only to the novel's content, but also the themes it explores.

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I have skimmed through Fahrenheit 451 a few times and I'm almost positive it is post-modernist (5+ Years after the end of WWII = Post modern, Before that would be modern). F. 451 first appeared in print around the 1950s.

If someone can confirm my answer, that'd be great.