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Fahrenheit 451 (1953): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Library Databases

Click on the links below to search for criticism and interpretation of literary works, as well as biographical information about authors. To access databases from off-campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your Truxal Library card or AACC photo ID.

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Fahrenheit 451. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Writers [supp IV, part 1]
  • B​loom's Literary Themes: Alienation
  • Bloom's Literary Themes: Civil Disobedience
  • A Companion to Science Fiction
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism [vols. 10, 42, 98] - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals; look for Fahrenheit 451 in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Critical Insights: Dystopia 
  • Critical Insights: Fahrenheit 451
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction [vol. 1]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol. 2]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol. 1]
  • Encyclopedia of Utopian Literature
  • Literature and Its Times [vol. 5]
  • Literature and Its Times [supp. 1, part 2]
  • Masterplots [vol. 4]
  • Notable American Novelists [vol. 1]
  • Social Protest Literature: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes 
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals;
    • [vol. 186] - locate the topical essay "Cold War Literature"

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for either:

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Bradbury, Ray

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about BLANK, as well criticism and interpretation of his/her work.

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