Letters of Ayn Rand
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- Full Title: Letters of Ayn Rand
- Author(s): Edited by Michael S. Berliner, Introduction by Leonard Peikoff
- Year Published: 1995
- Publisher: Dutton (hardcover); Plume (paperback)
- Publication Type: Commercial
- ISBN-10: 0-525-93946-6 (hardcover), 0-452-27404-4 (paperback)
- Description: According to Berliner, this collection contains approximately 35 to 40 percent of over 2,000 letters written by Rand between 1926 and 1981. Its primary organization is chronological, with separate chapters for Rand's letters to a few significant people.
- Cover Blurb:
The publication of the letters of Ayn Rand is a cause for celebration, not only among the countless millions of Ayn Rand admirers the world over, but also among all those interested in the key political, philosophical, and artistic issue of our century. For there is no separation between Ayn Rand the vibrant, creative woman and Ayn Rand the intellectual dynamo, the rational thinker, who was also a passionately committed champion of individual freedom.
These remarkable letters begin in 1926, with a note from the twenty-year-old Ayn Rand, newly arrived in Chicago from Soviet Russia, an impoverished unknown determined to realize the promise of the land of opportunity. They move through her struggles and successes as a screenwriter, a playwright, and a novelist, her sensational triumph as the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and her eminence as founder and shaper of Objectivism, one of the most challenging and important philosophies of our time. They are written to such famed contemporaries as Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Lloyd Wright, H.L. Mencken, Alexander Kerensky, Barry Goldwater, and Mickey Spillane. There are letters to philosophers, priests, publishers, and political columnists; to her beloved husband, Frank O'Connor; to her intimate circle of friends and her growing legion of followers; and to the readers who sent her their questions about and appreciations of her work, and were rewarded with letters of wisdom, sympathy, and brilliance. Her letters range in tone from warm affection to icy fury, and in content from telling commentaries on the events of the day to unforgettably eloquent statements of her philosophical ideas. They are presented chronologically, with explanatory notes by Michael S. Berliner, who identifies the recipients of the letters and provides relevant background and context. Here is a chronicle that captures the inspiring drama of a towering literary genius and seminal thinker, and -- often day by day -- her amazing life. (From a Plume paperback printing.)
Where an item is by an author other than Rand, the author's name is noted in square brackets. Years noted in parentheses are part of the original chapter titles.
- Introduction [Leonard Peikoff]
- Preface [Michael S. Berliner]
- Chronology of Ayn Rand's Life [Michael S. Berliner]
- Arrival in America to We the Living (1926-1936)
- We the Living to The Fountainhead (1937-1943)
- Letters to Frank Lloyd Wright
- Return to Hollywood (1944)
- Letters to Isabel Paterson
- The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged Years (1945-1959)
- Letters to a Philosopher
- The Later Years (1960-1981)
- Appendix: A Letter from Ayn Rand "To the Readers of The Fountainhead" (1945)
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Additional keywords: Ann Rand, Anne Rand, Ayn Rad, Ayn Ran, Any Rand
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