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Fahrenheit 451

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of censorship and other themes related to Fahrenheit 451:


CENSORSHIP
Hentoff, Nat. The Day They Came to Arrest the Book. New York: Delacorte, 1982. In this novel for young adults, high-school students and their teachers become embroiled in a censorship controversy over Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Teacher preview recommended. (easy)

Valenzuela, Luisa. "The Censors" in Open Door by Luisa Valenzuela. San Francisco: Northpoint, 1988. This brief story views censorship through the lens of magic realism. (average)


UTOPIAN/DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE
Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End. New York: Harcourt, 1953. This utopian novel by a master of science fiction paints a positive picture of the future. (average)

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper, 1932. This classic satire depicts a future society whose inhabitants display little individualism. Teacher preview recommended. (challenge)

Miller, Jr., Walter M. A Canticle for Leibowitz. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1959. A new Dark Ages descends on Earth in this acclaimed science-fiction novel. (average)

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-four. New York: Harcourt, 1949. This classic dystopian novel presents a grim world in which Big Brother is always watching and even thoughts are controlled. Teacher preview recommended. This novel is available as a Literature Connection from McDougal Littell. (challenge)
This novel is available in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. Player Piano. New York: Scribner, 1952. Vonnegut offers a powerful satire of a dystopian future. Teacher preview recommended. (average)