The New Ayn Rand Companion

The New Ayn Rand Companion

The New Ayn Rand Companion

The New Ayn Rand Companion

Synopsis

An essential guide to the life and works of Ayn Rand, the book chronicles and summarizes her writings, presents information about her national and global impact--and the response to it--and provides the most comprehensive bibliography published to date. Written by an independent scholar who is not part of either the Ayn Rand establishment or the Ayn Rand detractor camp, The New Ayn Rand Companion builds on the foundation of the original. New materials about Rand's poshumous publications, the latest biographical information, and summaries of books and articles about Rand, published since her death, have been added.

Excerpt

The New Ayn Rand Companion introduces readers to the writings—fiction and nonfiction—of Ayn Rand (1905–1982). Rand was a Russian émigré who came to this country in 1926 and became one of the foremost proponents of capitalism. By the time she died, her name had become synonymous with rugged individualism and titanic self-assertion. She loved the United States and considered it the most moral country in history. Her great fear was that Americans were losing sight of the American way and succumbing to decadent European philosophies.

As a companion, this study is constructed to serve a variety of purposes. Its primary function is as a resource for both personal and academic research. A number of its initial readers found it not only useful for research but also pleasurable for its ability to recall for them clear images of many of the Rand characters and theories they had enjoyed in the past. The New Companion is designed to appeal to sundry audiences: (1) Readers who have read Rand and are intrigued to know more about the author and her works; (2) Students of philosophy who may have been introduced to Objectivism and would like to find out where they can learn more about it and its originator; (3) Researchers who are interested in both overview and bibliography; (4) People interested in contemporary culture; (5) The general reader whose interest in Rand was piqued for whatever reason. Rand is a unique personality and the study of her works provides satisfaction for diverse appetites.

The above truth was illustrated for me repeatedly as I worked on this book. Interest in Rand was ubiquitous. Our local newspaper published a review I had written about the latest study of John Steinbeck; I received a number of calls as a result of that review, but none of them were from people interested in Steinbeck. The calls were inspired by the short biographical note that indicated that I was working on a book on Ayn

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