It is actually quite common that an idea accrues its greatest significance in a different time period in which it was conceived. Both Galileo and Poe were rejected during their time period for the ideas that they presented to society. They were simply too ahead of their time to be fully appreciated for the brilliance that they possessed, and it was not until later that they were uncovered for the intellectuals they truly were. Neither of them were extremely rare cases, however. In fact, this dilemma of “delayed discovery” is actually much more common than one would think. Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, was certainly one of these cases.
Although Fahrenheit 451 held some significance during the time period in which it was written,
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And based off of the genres of the work he created during his career, it is pretty safe to assume that “all of these stories with their fantastic characters and settings were dramatic influences on Bradbury’s later life” (Umland 5). As a child, he was absolutely fascinated by the idea of literature and the knowledge that was stowed away in books. Claiming even to have received the largest portion of his own education from his experiences at the public library, Ray Bradbury is known for articulating in his stories—and specifically in Fahrenheit 451—the significance of literariness and the high value that should be placed on reading (Evershed 1).
Making the Creation
The process that led to the creation of Fahrenheit 451 is actually quite an interesting story. In the early 1950s, Ray Bradbury searched Los Angeles for the perfect, peaceful place in which he could work and focus his great ideas into writing, claiming to have quite the “large [and distracting] family at home” (Kellogg). At last he found that place; it was in the basement of the Lawrence Clark Powell Library at UCLA. And although it was certainly not the quietest place to work due to the constant sound of typing by “eight or nine students in there [always] working away like crazy,” the fact that there were twelve typewriters available for use—each costing only ten cents for a half-hour‘s worth of work—enticed