Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

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Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Date of Publication: 1953
Genre: Dystopian Fiction Biographical information about the author:
Ray Bradbury was born on August 22nd, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. His mother, Esther Bradbury was a Swedish immigrant and his father, Leonard Spaulding Bradbury, was an English power and telephone lineman. Bradbury loved the town he grew up in so much, when he began writing he used this setting under the name “Green Town” as a symbol of peace and happiness. When he was young, Bradbury read adventure and fantasy fiction. Bradbury decided he would like to be a writer at the age of twelve because he wanted his words to live eternally. He never went to college because he could not afford it so instead he educated himself with novels at the library. Bradbury is most known for his works of Fahrenheit 451 (1953), The Illustrated Man (1983), and The Martian Chronicles (1950). Bradbury died in 2012 at the age of ninety-one.
Historical information about period of publication:
Fahrenheit 451 was written in 1953 while McCarthyism was taking place. McCarthyism accused citizens of being communist sympathizers and made the government paranoid of a government overthrow. President Harry S. Truman announced the United States have developed the hydrogen bomb on January 7, 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president starting January 20, 1953. In October the United States tested the hydrogen bomb. Condensed books became very…

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