Who are the "Book People" in Fahrenheit 451?

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The Book People are a group of traveling intellectuals who reside on the outskirts of Bradbury's dystopian city and who dedicate their lives to remembering complete works of literature in order to preserve valuable knowledge for future generations. They were essentially forced to remember complete works of literature to avoid being arrested, since possessing books is illegal.

After Montag flees the dystopian city and travels down the river, he meets Granger and his group of transient intellectuals, who travel up and down the railroad tracks avoiding the authorities and taking care of other outcast scholars. Granger explains to Montag that they have developed a system that allows them to commit complete works of literature to memory. Granger also calls his fellow intellectuals nothing more than "dust-jackets...

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The Book People are people who memorize books so the firemen cannot harass them when they burn their books because they have memorized them. Granger is the head of the Book People.

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