Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury[wp]. It is set in a not-so-distant future where everything potentially offensive is outlawed and people are hopelessly narcissistic. In this world, firemen do not put out fires, but start them, burning books and the houses where said books are hidden. One fireman, Guy Montag, is an enthusiastic servant of the system until events push him to question his beliefs.
Written in 1953, it was meant as a critique of American pop culture, which Bradbury saw as anti-intellectual and dangerously hedonistic. Bradbury's vision took this to an extreme, creating a world where the general population had come to believe that anything intellectually challenging was more trouble than it was worth, and thus anything even remotely controversial was to be destroyed.
 Different interpretations
Later readers have generally seen the book to be a cautionary tale against any form of censorship against unpopular ideas, of which Bradbury's original scenario of censorship by mob rule is only one of the more insidious forms. Bradbury himself asserted that the novel is about the dangers of television.  One class of college students told him he was wrong about the thesis of his book after he gave a lecture on it, causing him to leave in a huff.
- Several printings of the book have been censored.
- Ray Bradbury, after condemning television as a medium, actually had his own television show, and won the Emmy (an award for excellence in television) multiple times. 
- The names of two characters in the story, Montag and Faber, are also the names of manufacturers of (respectively) paper and pencils. Bradbury insisted this was not intentional.
 See also
- ↑ Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 is about How TV Destroys Literature , School Library Journal.
- ↑ The Mutilation and Rebirth of a Classic: Fahrenheit 451, Figures.
- ↑ Ray Bradbury, IMDB profile.