Bradbury Claims “451″ has been Misinterpreted

Author Ray Bradbury told the LA Weekly News that his novel has been misinterpreted over the years, despite thousands of academic analyses over the years. I have to think this is another example of literary theory in action: Bradbury is just one more reader and authorial intention is a myth. Sure, he may have “meant” to write Fahrenheit 451 with certain intentions in mind, but that doesn’t mean those intentions decide what the book is now. The reaction to a literary work decides what it is, not what the author says it is supposed to be. //ENDRANT

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