When I was younger, I developed a taste for speculative fiction, nurtured by the works of Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and many
other worthies, including Ray Bradbury
Now, I don't insist that a creator of any artistic work share my personal politics or philosophies of life...For me, divergence of opinion is the air that Art breathes.
And yet, from Raw Story
Contrary to widespread critical and mass opinion accumulated over fifty years, author Ray Bradbury insists that his classic novel Fahrenheit 451, originally published in 1953 during the McCarthy era, isn't really about government censorship.Really
According to the renowned author, "We've never had censorship in this country and we've never burned books. There are temporary lapses."
, Mr. Bradbury?
While it is well
within your creator's rights to offer a revisionistic opinion of your own works 5 decades later, (noting the fact that the title of your work
refers to "the temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns
", and is set in a time where the possession of books by individuals is banned by government fiat)
...As to your latter
assertion regarding American bookburning, I need offer you only one