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Fahrenheit 451

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Fahrenheit 451 and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

Afterword to the Novel by Ray Bradbury
(from an edition of Fahrenheit 451, © 1982)
Summary: The author shares his thoughts on Fahrenheit 451 in an afterword written almost thirty years later.

The Portable Phonograph by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
(from The Watchful God and Other Stories, © 1950)
Summary: This famous short story explores the value of literature and the arts in another dystopian future.

"You Have Insulted Me": A Letter by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
(from Palm Sunday, © 1981)
Summary: The author wrote this letter to a school district that had banned and burned one of his books.

Burning a Book by William Stafford
(from You must Revise Your Life, © 1986)
Summary: In this poem the speaker reflects on censorship and creativity.

A Summer's Reading by Bernard Malamud
(from The Magic Barrel, © 1950)
Summary: In this short story, set in New York City in the 1940s, the author addresses the question "What's the point of reading?"

The Paterson Public Library by Judith Ortiz Cofer
(from The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry, © 1993)
Summary: In this memoir the author recalls the impact that her local public library and the world of books had on her when she was growing up in Paterson, New Jersey.

The Phoenix by Sylvia Townshend Warner
(from The Cat's-Cradle Book, © 1940)
Summary: The image of such legendary creatures as the phoenix can have great symbolic value. In Fahrenheit 451, the firemen sport an emblem of the phoenix on their chests. But what if the phoenix really existed, as it does in this satirical short story?