Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (īn), 1905–82, American writer, b. St. Petersburg, Russia, as Alissa Rosenbaum. She came to the United States in 1926, became a citizen five years later, and worked for many years as a Hollywood screenwriter. Her novels are romantic, dramatic, and often didactic, espousing a philosophy built on a muscular capitalism, aggressive individualism, and a rational self-interest that opposes the collective nature of the modern welfare state and totalitarian societies. These principles are rather woodenly embodied in the plots, heroes, and villains of her major novels, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). In For the New Intellectual (1961) she summarized her philosophy, which she called "objectivism" ; it posits a concrete external reality, idea-driven emotions, and self-interest as ethical ideal. Her works have had a notable influence on many of America's political and economic conservatives.

See the memoir by N. Branden (1989); biographies by B. Branden (1987), J. Burns (2009), and A. C. Heller (2009); study by J. T. Baker (1987); her letters, ed. by M. S. Berliner (1995), and her journals, ed. by D. Harriman (1997).

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Ayn Rand: Selected full-text books and articles

CliffsNotes, Rand's The Fountainhead By Andrew Bernstein IDG Books Worldwide, 2000
CliffsNotes Rand's Atlas Shrugged By Andrew Bernstein IDG Books Worldwide, 2000
CliffsNotes Rand's Anthem By Andrew Bernstein IDG Books Worldwide, 2000
The New Ayn Rand Companion By Mimi Reisel Gladstein Greenwood Press, 1999 (Revised edition)
My Years with Ayn Rand By Nathaniel Branden Jossey-Bass, 1999
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American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960 By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, vol.3, 1998
Librarian's tip: "Ayn Rand" begins on p. 42
Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature By Thomas Reed Whissen Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Rand's The Fountainhead begins on p. 94
Unity and Integration in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged By Younkins, Edward W Libertarian Papers, Vol. 3, February 2011
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Galt's Gulch: Ayn Rand's Utopian Delusion By Clardy, Alan Utopian Studies, Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2012
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Greenspan: The Man behind Money By Justin Martin Perseus Publishing, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Rand and the Collective"
Just Deserts: Ayn Rand and the Christian Right By Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Vol. 19, Summer 2008
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Classical Individualism: The Supreme Importance of Each Human Being By Tibor R. Machan Routledge, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 15 "Reason, Individualism, and Capitalism: The Moral Vision of Ayn Rand"
Why Atheism? By George H. Smith Prometheus Books, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Ayn Rand's Theory of Knowledge" begins on p. 72
Rocking the Boat By Gore Vidal Little, Brown, 1962
Librarian's tip: "Two Immoralists: Orville Prescott and Ayn Rand" begins on p. 227
Writers and Philosophers: A Sourcebook of Philosophical Influences on Literature By Edmund J. Thomas; Eugene G. Miller Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian's tip: "Rand, Ayn" begins on p. 159
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