This article appeared in the December 2021 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Volume 21, Number 2, 141-229). This article can be found on JSTOR, Project Muse, and the Scholarly Publishing Collective. Color images appear only in the e-platform version of this article.


By Chris Matthew Sciabarra and Pavel Solovyev

Abstract: In this essay, the authors analyze and interpret facsimiles of important original documents---published here for the first time---that are deeply relevant to the education of the young Ayn Rand at the University of Petrograd. This definitive reading of source material provides significant documentation of Rand’s courses, teachers, and textbooks—and what she might have learned from them. Other original source materials are revealed to advance further investigations of this key period in Rand’s life. Recent commentary on Rand’s education in Gary H. Merrill’s book, False Wisdom, is also considered.

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