Product Description Grandmasterof American Letters Ray Bradbury presents the 16 vintage stories and novellasthat informed and prefigured the creation of his dystopian classic,Â Fahrenheit451. Collecting rare and unknown tales as well as notable early triumphs, A Pleasure to Burn offers an unparalleled window into Bradburyâs creativeprocess, and a unique glimpse at the evolution of one of the greatest works of20 th century American literature. Absolutely essential for fans ofBradbury books like Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chroniclesâand for readersof William Golding, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and other titans ofspeculative fictionâ A Pleasure to Burn illuminates the unusual hiddencorners of Bradburyâs expansive imagination, revealing a creative force asvivid and powerful as the hottest burning flame. Review âAll 16 pieces in the collection explore the hazards befalling mankind when society contrives to restrain the imagination. An indispensable companion to Bradburyâs most celebrated novel.â ( Booklist) âAn 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.â ( Publishers Weekly (starred review)) From the Back Cover Ray Bradburyâs novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literatureâa chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradburyâs darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand masterâs landmark novel. Classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known onesâincluding, at the collectionâs heart, the novellas âLong After Midnightâ and âThe FiremanââA Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of Americaâs preeminent storyteller, a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradburyâs brilliance, magic . . . and fire. About the Author In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works includeÂ Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, andÂ Something Wicked This Way Comes. An Emmy Award winner for his teleplay The Halloween Tree and an Academy Award nominee, he was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.