The Big Read - About the Book

"Fahrenheit 451" is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It depicts a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the temperature at which paper burns.

"Fahrenheit 451' is regarded as one of Bradbury's best works and is a winner of multiple awards. In 1954, it won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal. It has since won the Prometheus "Hall of Fame" Award in 1984 and a 1954 "Retro" Hugo Award, one of only three Best Novel Retro Hugos ever given, in 2004. Bradbury was also honored with a Spoken Word Grammy nomination for his 1976 audiobook version of the book.

The novel has been adapted several times. Fran├žois Truffaut wrote and directed a film adaptation of the novel in 1966, and a BBC Radio dramatization was produced in 1982. Bradbury published a stage play version in 1979 and helped develop a 1984 interactive fiction computer game titled Fahrenheit 451. A companion piece entitled "A Pleasure To Burn," consisting of a selection of Bradbury's short stories, was released in 2010.