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Fahrenheit 451

by jdellinger

  • Release Date: February 12, 2019
  • Age Levels: Grade 10
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The Author: Ray Bradbury

  • Born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, IL
  • Many of his stories are set in small towns similar to Waukegan
  • In 1934, his family moved to Los Angeles
  • Bradbury graduated from high school in 1938, where his formal education ended

“A Student of Life”

  • Although his education ended once he graduated high school, Bradbury became a “student of life” selling newspapers on LA street corners from 1938-1942
  • He spent his free time researching and writing
  • His first short story “Hollerbochen's Dilemma” was published in 1938
  • His first collection of short stories, Dark Carnival, was published in 1947

Bradbury & Science Fiction

  • In 1937, Bradbury joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League
  • In 1950 when The Martian Chronicles was published, Bradbury was hailed as a sophisticated Sci-Fi writer
  • He uses science fiction framework to discuss issues like censorship, technology, racism, and nuclear war.

Popular Works

  • The Illustrated Man (1951)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)
  • Dandelion Wine (1957)
  • Published more than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays. His short stories have appeared in more than 1,000 schools recommended readings
  • Many of his stories have been televised on shows like The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Personal

In 1947, Bradbury married Maggie, and they had four daughters, eightgrandchildren and many cats!

Maggie passed away in 2003

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