Fahrenheit 451 Revisited
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said, "Just a moment," and went away. When he came back,
he said, "451 Fahrenheit."
my God," I said, "that's wonderful. Just reverse it and
it has a nicer sound. Fahrenheit 451." So I rushed to my typewriter
and placed the new title on my book.
was the summer when Joseph McCarthy was running rampant in Washington
with his threats to the libraries and his investigation of supposed
communist backgrounds of screenwriters. It was very difficult to
find a new publisher in magazine form before the book was published.
editor who was starting a new magazine approached me. He had only
$450 with which to buy a property.
"I have Fahrenheit 451, and you can have it for that
bought my novella and it appeared in the second, third and fourth
issues of Playboy. I think there are a lot of young men in
the world who might thank me for helping Hugh Hefner at the right
book's history started small and grew over time, and I still did
not realize what I had done.
I wrote Fahrenheit 451 for the stage, I called back my characters
and asked them to explain more about their lives. Beatty spoke up
and told me the reasons why he burned books. It turned out, as he
spoke, that he was once a romantic and a book lover, but in the
years following his love of libraries a series of disasters ensued.
There was a failed romance, his mother died of cancer, his father
was a suicide and so, at the age of 30, he opened the books and
found the pages were empty, they were no longer able to sustain
him as they had in his younger years. He then turned on the books
as if they had offended him, and he became a fireman.