Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Artist Gift Edition
PUBLICATION: Summer 2020
This year marks the Centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, and to celebrate the life and work of this beloved and visionary author, Suntup Editions is delighted to announce a fine press limited edition of Fahrenheit 451.
Highly regarded as Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451 depicts a dystopian society in which all books are outlawed and burned. The novel follows the personal evolution and journey of Guy Montag, from a fireman for whom it is a pleasure to burn books, to a man disillusioned with the censoring of knowledge and dedicated to the preservation of literature.
In a 1956 interview, Bradbury said, “I wrote this book at a time when I was worried about the way things were going in this country four years ago. Too many people were afraid of their shadows; there was a threat of book burning. Many of the books were being taken off the shelves at that time.”
Bradbury has also described the book as a commentary on resistance to conformity, and how mass media can create a lack of interest in reading literature.
Though considered one of the greatest science-fiction novels of all time, much of Fahrenheit 451 has become science-fact. The novel predicted earbud headphones, flatscreen televisions, and 24-hour banking machines.
In 1954, Fahrenheit 451 won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal. It later won the Prometheus “Hall of Fame” Award in 1984, and a “Retro” Hugo Award in 2004, one of only seven Best Novel “Retro” Hugo Awards ever given.
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ARTIST GIFT EDITION
- 6” x 9” trim size.
- Limited to 1000 copies.
- Introduction by Neil Gaiman.
- Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
- Two hits foil stamping.
- Paper endsheets.
- Six full color illustrations by Julia Griffin.
- Dust jacket with stunning wrap-around artwork by Michael Whelan (the only edition featuring the dust jacket.)
- Signed by Julia Griffin and Michael Whelan.
- 77-page bonus section on the history, context and criticism of the novel edited by Jonathan R. Eller.
- Includes Bradbury’s short story The Pedestrian and his novella The Fireman, which later evolved into Fahrenheit 451.
- Housed in paper covered slipcase.
- Bookmarks with all orders.
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2020 by Julia Griffin.
Artist Gift edition jacket illustration © 2020 by Michael Whelan.
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