It’s banned books week, the week in September that American libraries, bookstores, teachers, and publishers celebrate the freedom to read. Banned books week was established in 1982 in response to a rising number of challenges to books in schools. All week, we will be posting images of books that have been censored, challenged, or banned in America.
First up, Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 (New York: Ballantine Books, 1953), a book about book banning that has itself frequently been banned or censored. This is a first edition of the novel; a hardback edition wasn’t published until after the paperback was released.