Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'
However, his high school literature teachers encouraged him not to give up and he started to write for the school newspaper (4). In 1938, one of Bradbury’s stories was published in an amateur fan magazine (5). By 1944, Bradbury was getting his work published in better fan magazines, receiving some national acclaim, and discovering new material for his fiction (5). In 1947, an idea for a novel was beginning to evolve in Bradbury’s mind. Inspired by a newsreel of a Nazi book burning that he had seen as a teenager, Bradbury was in the first stages of development for Fahrenheit 451 when he wrote the first draft originally called “Bright Phoenix,” which showed residents of a small town outsmarting the government book burnings by memorizing the texts (5). His next draft, published in as “The Fireman,” introduced the main character, Montag (5). Finally, in 1953, Bradbury published Fahrenheit 451, almost twice in length as “The Fireman,” as his first full length novel