Ray Bradbury’s classic of world literature, originally published in 1951, rings alarmingly familiar in today’s world of banned books. A synopsis from the book’s cover: “Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden … Montag never questions the destruction … he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.”
This 60th edition of Bradbury’s masterpiece includes a new introduction by Neil Gaiman; critical essays and reviews by Nelson Algren, Harold Bloom, Margaret Atwood, and others; rare manuscript pages and sketches from Bradbury’s personal archives; and more. (paperback edition, 2018)
Note: Ray Bradbury is a descendant of Mary Bradbury, wrongly accused and convicted of witchcraft in 1692, who avoided execution by escaping from prison and remaining hidden until the trials were over in 1693.
“Brilliant … startling and ingenious … Mr. Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating.” –The New York Times
“A masterpiece … A glorious American classic everyone should read. It’s life changing if you read it as a teen, and still stunning when you reread it as an adult.” –The Boston Globe