Thursday, May 25, 2006

Fahrenheit 451 Searchers and Lurkers

OK. I have seen all of you out there looking for anything you can find on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Curiosity? Essay due? Whatever the reason, I have placed additional links to good sites for information just for you. Why? I searched "Fahrenheit 451" "why banned" yesterday and found a ton of links that have dropped those very keywords into metatags to bring you to their sites which are selling things, getting you to sign up for things, etc. enticing you in with your request.

Check the links to the right under "Fahrenheit 451 Links" for lots of study guides, teacher resources, a site with the full text of the first chapter, and much more.

As for Fahrenheit 451 being banned, I cannot find an example of a full banning. It was butchered by publishers and some schools had teachers black out the swear words.

In 100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature, Nicholas Karolides, Margaret Bald, and Sawn B. Sova explain that author Ray Bradbury learned that Ballentine books, his publisher had been censoring and removing sections from his Fahrenheit 451 for years without his permission. 75 passages were "edited" in order to eliminate words like "damn," "hell," and "abortion."

Can you say, "Irony?"

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