A Pleasure to Burn
by Ray Bradbury
Edited by DonnAlbright, Volume Editor
Jon Eller, Textual Editor
Review by Cathy Green
Subterranean Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596062900
Date: 31 March 2010
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The central themes of the latest Bradbury collection from Subterranean Press (edited by Donn Albright and Jon Eller) are censorship and book burning, which should come as no surprise, given the title of the collection. A Pleasure To Burn is anchored by the novellas "Long After Midnight" and "The Fireman", both shorter versions of what would eventually become the novel Fahrenheit 451.
From official release/information:
Product Description: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is one of the undisputed classics of modern science fiction. Its title has become part of our common language. Its portrait of an increasingly soulless society in which books and ideas are anathema has become part of our cultural heritage.
A Pleasure to Burn is the ideal companion to Bradbury s great novel. Edited by Bradbury authority Donn Albright, this generous volume gathers  vintages stories and novellas. Some of the stories, such as "The Pedestrian" and "Pillars of Fire," will be familiar to the author s long-time fans. Others, such as "The Bonfire" and "The Reincarnate," are more obscure. The true heart of the collection are the long novellas "Long after Midnight" (which has only appeared once in an expensive limited edition) and the 25,000-word tale, "The Fireman," the immediate precursor to the final, full-length novel. These independent, brilliantly original tales are a significant publishing event.
Together, these stories chart the evolution of the images, ideas, and social concerns that found their purest, most potent expression in Fahrenheit 451. A Pleasure to Burn is at once surprising, illuminating, and hugely entertaining. Intended equally for scholars, aficionados, and casual readers, it is both an invaluable Bradbury sourcebook and a unique, intimate glimpse into the mysteries of the creative process.
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