Friday, October 2, 2009

Ray Bradbury on Censorship

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. . . . Fire-Captain Beatty, in my novel Fahrenheit 451, described how the books were burned first by the minorities, each ripping a page or a paragraph from this book, then that, until the day came when the books were empty and the minds shut and the libraries closed forever.
--Author Ray Bradbury, in an essay titled "Coda" to Fahrenheit 451, appearing in War of Words: The Censorship Debate, edited by George Beahm, Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel (1993), p. 40-42.

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