By Chris Matthew Sciabarra


This essay, originally titled "Ayn Rand," and published in the encyclopedia, American Writers:  A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement IV, Part 2:  Susan Howe to Gore Vidal [edited by A. Walton Litz and Molly Weigel; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996] has now been reprinted in an expanded, revised version. 

Praised by Aristos as "by far the best available concise overview of the life, fiction, and thought of Ayn Rand," and even by that other institute as an "objective . . . biography of Ayn Rand" (Impact, April 1997), the work is an "Atlas Society Publication," published initially by the Institute for Objectivist Studies as part of a series of monographs. 

"An excellent overview of Ayn Rand's life, novels, and philosophy of Objectivism . . . [which] offers insightful examinations into Rand's early intellectual influences, her fictional themes and characters, her stance as a public philosopher, her political activism, and much more.  Also contains a comprehensive bibliography." - Principal Source

For an excerpt from the essay, click here.

Table of Contents

Life in Russia, p. 6

We the Living, p. 8

The Fountainhead, p. 11

Anthem, p. 13

The Hollywood Years, p. 14

Atlas Shrugged, p. 15

The Public Philosopher,  p. 18

The Philosophy of Objectivism, p. 21

Epistemology (p. 21), Aesthetics (p. 23), Ethics (p. 24), Politics (p. 25)

Selected Bibliography, pp. 29-32

(Copyright 1999; ISBN 1-57724-031-6; PSP-OA004W, $8.00)


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