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Fahrenheit 451

Welcome to RSU Libraries' Research Guide on Fahrenheit 451, for ENGL 1113, Composition I

Browse the Shelves

If you can visit the library in person, shelf-browsing is an excellent way to find books on your topic. Call number range PS3503 .R167 will direct you to the majority of works on Fahrenheit 451 or on Ray Bradbury as an author. 

We also have several books about Fahrenheit 451 in a temporary reserve collection at the front desk in the Stratton Taylor Library. Ask us to browse it!

Find a Book on the Shelves

To find a print book, first find the book's location and call number by searching for the title on our website. Most of our print books are located on the 3rd floor of the Stratton Taylor Library (STL), but you may also see books located on the 2nd floor and in the Pryor Stacks. 

Reading LC Call Numbers

  • LA - indicates the subject. Read in alphabetical order.
  • 2301 - indicates the topic. Read as a whole number.
  • .M37 - indicates the author's last name. Read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal. 
  • 2001 - year of publication. Read in chronological order. 

If you have trouble locating a book, ask for help at the front desk.

Literature & Critical Overviews

Imagining Surveillance

Critically assesses how literary and cinematic utopias and dystopias have imagined and evaluated surveillance. Imagining Surveillance presents the first full-length study of the depiction and assessment of surveillance in literature and film. Focusing on the utopian genre (which includes positive and negative worlds), this book offers an in-depth account of the ways in which the most creative writers, filmmakers and thinkers have envisioned alternative worlds in which surveillance in various forms plays a key concern. 

Censorship in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Responding to a time of unparalleled censorship, from the McCarthy trials, to book burning festivals in Nazi Germany, to the millions of poets and writers imprisoned or executed by the Soviet government, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 offers a vision of the world in which the elimination of challenging ideas tears away at the fabric of free speech and society. This compelling edition offers readers a collection of eighteen essays that contextualize and expand upon the theme of censorship in Fahrenheit 451. 

Conversations with Ray Bradbury

This collection of interviews captures the imagination of the writer widely regarded as "the granddaddy of science fiction." However, Ray Bradbury considers Fahrenheit 451 to be his only science-fiction novel and his others, including The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Illustrated Man, to be more fantasy and horror than science fiction. 

Critical Insights - Ray Bradbury

Critical Insights: Ray Bradbury will explore the work of a towering figure in American Science Fiction. Essays topics include: Utopian/dystopian robotic technologies, Translocality in The Martian Chronicles, Faith and Reason in Fahrenheit 451.

Ray Bradbury

This Critical Companion examines, in a Literary Heritage chapter, the situation of Bradbury's works within the science fiction genre and explores thematic concerns that set works like Fahrenheit 451 and Dandelion Wine apart from conventional popular SF writings. This introduction to Bradbury, written especially for students, traces Bradbury's interesting life, examining his early literary efforts, his forays into Hollywood, and his recent writing projects.

The Bradbury Chronicles

Ray Bradbury is an American literary icon, an architect of wonders whose life has been as fascinating, momentous, and inspiring as his fiction, which has enthralled millions of readers the world over for more than six decades. Born Rae Douglas Bradbury on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, he displayed an affinity for the fantastic at an early age -- spending hours at the local movie theater, fighting his fear of the dark to escape into glorious made-up worlds. Though he once dreamed of becoming an actor, writing was his true calling, and he remained resolute in his art throughout his early adult years despite numerous rejections -- finally breaking through with publications of his horror and fantasy stories in the "pulp" magazines of the forties.

Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book

Censorship and book burning are still present in our lives. Lawrence Hill shares his experiences of how ignorance and the fear of ideas led a group in the Netherlands to burn the cover of his widely successful novel, The Book of Negroes, in 2011. Why do books continue to ignite such strong reactions in people in the age of the Internet? Is banning, censoring, or controlling book distribution ever justified? Hill illustrates his ideas with anecdotes and lists names of Canadian writers who faced censorship challenges in the twenty-first century, inviting conversation between those on opposite sides of these contentious issues. All who are interested in literature, freedom of expression, and human rights will enjoy reading Hill's provocative essay.

On the Burning of Books

In this revealingly illustrated book, the political sage Kenneth Baker records the many times throughout history when books have been burnt for political, religious, or personal reasons.