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article imageStriking new cover for Fahrenheit 451, 60 years on

By Tim Sandle     Mar 8, 2013 in Entertainment
For the sixtieth anniversary of Ray Bradbury's novel 'Fahrenheit 451' comes a 'striking' new design by Elizabeth Perez. The newly designed cover comes with a match and has striking paper along its spine.
Acclaimed author Ray Bradbury wrote the novel 'Fahrenheit 451' in 1953. The novel describes a future, dystopian American society where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The novel was written during the McCarthy era and, although the book can be subject to different interpretations, it is partly a critique of an era of censorship and mistrust (as Bradbury stated in an American public radio interview, which can be heard on line).
The book can be seen as part of a dystopian trilogy, alongside Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and Huxley's 'Brave New World'.
Ray Bradbury was a novelist, specializing in science fiction. He was born on August 22, 1920 and he died on June 5, 2012. In all, he wrote 27 novels and over 600 short stories. These works included 'The Martian Chronicles' (1950) and 'The Illustrated Man' (1951).
To celebrate the sixty years since the book was first published, designer Elizabeth Perez has created a unique copy, according to Laughing Squid.
The work has been created for The Austin Creative Department and it features a screen-printed spine, which has the appearance and texture of the side of a matchbox. On the front cover a match is embedded into the book, taking the place of the number '1'.
Fahrenheit 451 by Elizabeth Perez
Fahrenheit 451 by Elizabeth Perez
Elizabeth Perez
Describing the work on her blog, the designer states:
"Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The story is about suppressing ideas, and about how television destroys interest in reading literature.
I wanted to spread the book-burning message to the book itself. The book's spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper surface, so the book itself can be burned."
This is not the only time that the novel has been presented in an iconic format. The third issue of the first edition was bound in asbestos board.
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