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Becoming Ray Bradbury$
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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036293

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.001.0001

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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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(p.275) 45 Fahrenheit 451
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Becoming Ray Bradbury
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Jonathan R. Eller

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.003.0046

This chapter examines the changes, revisions, delays, compromises, and other issues, not to mention Ray Bradbury's own concerns, that Fahrenheit 451 had to go through before it could be finally released. As early as January 18, 1953, Bradbury already had a working title—Fahrenheit 270—for a book that would allude to the temperature at which book paper burns. He began to work with Joe Mugnaini on cover illustrations. For his part, Don Congdon was able to convince Doubleday not to interfere with Ballantine's Fahrenheit collection while also handling media negotiations for a Bradbury Showcase concept that was still at play with CBS Television. This chapter provides the background for Fahrenheit 451 and looks at some of the people who worked behind the scenes, including Mugnaini, Congdon, and Stanley Kauffmann.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Ballantine, Joe Mugnaini, Don Congdon, Doubleday, Bradbury Showcase, CBS Television, Stanley Kauffmann

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