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Fahrenheit 451 > Censorship of the book against censorship

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Michelle (mimihalley) | 84 comments Mod
The following is by Jonathan R. Eller, published as an introduction in the edition of the novel I read.

"In one of the great ironies of literary history, Fahrenheit 451 was itself silently modified in the 1960s to make the novel more likely to win school-board approval as a classroom text. A special “Bal-Hi” edition, first printed in 1967, retained the typesetting of the first edition, but the text was altered at nearly a hundred points to remove profanity and references to sexuality, drinking, drug use, and nudity. This version was never intended to replace the mass-market paperback, but beginning in 1973 the censored text was accidentally transferred to successive printings of the commercial text. For the next six years no uncensored paperback copies were in print, and no one seemed to notice it. Students eventually noted the differences between their school texts and older mass-market printings and brought this mystery to Bradbury’s attention. Since 1979 new typesettings of the restored text—and only the restored text—have reached print."


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Michelle (mimihalley) | 84 comments Mod
For SIX years only the censored/edited version of the novel was printed. What an amazing mistake!


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A. (amyrose4801) | 40 comments Mod
Seems crazy!


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