Ray Bradbury tribute Waukegan Public Library unveils Ray Bradbury statue on ‘Fahrenheit 451’ author’s birthday I’ve read Fahrenheit 451 several times. This is a short novel, and it won’t take you long to read. (Bradbury was more of a short story writer than a novelist. The novels that he wrote tended to be on the short side, too.) Image from the Waukegan Public Library.