"The Ayn Rand Reader" provides an invaluable means of introducing Ayn Rand to new audiences. Here, for the first time, is a single collection of lengthy samples of Ayn Rand's writings on the crucial issues of philosophy. These are carefully chosen excerpts, alternating between her fiction and non-fiction, with brief introductions explaining the context of each selection.
In 1958 Ayn Rand gave a series of extemporaneous lectures, to a handful of people in her living room, on the nature of fiction. This book is the edited transcript of those sessions. Miss Rand presents her distinctively enlightening views, as she explains the four essential elements of fiction: plot, theme, characterization and style. The book offers Ayn Rand's incisive analysis of her own works as well as those of other famous authors, such as Victor Hugo, Sinclair Lewis and Thomas Wolfe.
Ayn Rand is a fascinating person who wrote fascinating things and I freely admit, that though I find myself disturbed by what she says, I love reading all the more. Even though I may disagree with some of it, I will continue to read her work and challenge my own notions and 'beliefs'. I recommend others to do this as well.
Ayn Rand was a powerful writer and a passionate valuer. This book is a glimpse into Ayn Rand's literary beginnings and into her values as a young woman in Russia. It features two newly discovered works of hers, a booklet on Hollywood and a biography of a movie star, neither of which has ever before been published in English.
Objectivism is the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the only belief system in full compliance with nature. Most philosophies run contrary to reality, getting too theoretical for their own good and set up an ideal being that can’t ever be attained.
This collection of Ayn Rand's early fiction—now including her previously unpublished short story, "The Night King"—ranges from beginner's exercises to excerpts from early versions of "We the Living" and "The Fountainhead." Arranged chronologically, from 1926-1940, these works allow readers to follow the extraordinary trajectory of Rand's literary and intellectual growth, from a 21-yr-old Russian immigrant struggling to master English to the brilliant prose stylist she became in her mature…
In "The Virtue of Selfishness," Ayn Rand sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds man's life—the life proper to a rational being—as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man's nature, with the creative requirements of his survival, and with a free society.
(1971-1976) Why did Ayn Rand say that "the pre-condition of inflation is psycho-epistemological"? What philosophical lessons did she draw from America's disastrous involvement in Vietnam? Her superlative ability to untangle the intellectual significance of world events is displayed in full force in this 400-page volume. Special Bonus: Three pages from Ayn Rand's handwritten manuscript--with her editorial changes--containing the opening and closing passages from "Atlas Shrugged."