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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) is a disturbing look at the future when books are burned by firemen. Read this book, and consider the importance of reading and writing in both Fahrenheit 451 and Dandelion Wine.

Bradbury is often classified as a science fiction writer. Research what is meant by the term “science fiction.” Does Bradbury fit into this classification? Why or why not? Is Dandelion Wine a work of science fiction?

Read Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing. What are some of Bradbury’s major ideas about writing? Does Douglas use the same techniques in his writing that Bradbury describes? Practice some of the techniques he describes, and develop a portfolio of writings based on his ideas.

Bradbury wrote many screenplays in addition to his novels, short stories, and plays. Perhaps his most famous is his 1956 screenplay for director John Huston’s Moby Dick. Watch this version of the movie. Can you identify some of Bradbury’s themes and ideas present in the film? Are there any points of connection between Moby Dick and Dandelion Wine?