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A Pleasure to Burn

Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature—a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel. Classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known ones—including, at the collection’s heart, the novellas “Long After Midnight” and “The Fireman”—A Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of America’s preeminent storyteller, a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradbury’s brilliance, magic . . . and fire.

Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 08, 2010 – Editors Donn Albright and Jon Eller assemble 16 stories that span six decades of Bradbury's extraordinary career in an insightful thematic expansion of his famous 1953 novel of state-sanctioned book burning. The longer, slower stories “Long After Midnight” and “The Fireman” are revealing precursors to Fahrenheit 451 itself, but the real gems are the shorter stand-alones, such as “The Reincarnate,” in which a recently dead man experiences a harsh rebirth and desperately seeks out his own widow; in “The Mad Wizards of Mars,” the red planet is inhabited by all the authors and characters from literature destroyed on Earth; and three intense interconnected pieces: “The Dragon Who Ate His Tail,” “Sometime Before Dawn,” and “To the Future.” An essential addition to the bookshelf of every Bradbury fan, the collection is also accessible to curious readers with a taste for the dark, the strange, and the macabre.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: May 21, 2013
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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