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Texts by Ayn Rand and Other Objectivists

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Complete Texts

Anthem

Several variants of Rand's short novel Anthem are available:

Readers from outside the United States should be aware that Anthem is still under copyright protection in many countries, although its US copyright has expired.

Essays by Ayn Rand

"Man's Rights" -- Article from The Objectivist Newsletter, reprinted in two of Rand's books.

"The Nature of Government" -- Article from The Objectivist Newsletter, reprinted in two of Rand's books.

"Philosophy: Who Needs It" -- A speech that was later published in The Ayn Rand Letter and as the title essay of one of Rand's books.

"Through Your Most Grievous Fault" -- An essay on the death of Marilyn Monroe, published as a newspaper column and later reprinted in The Voice of Reason.

"Screen Guide for Americans" PDF -- A pamphlet Rand wrote to fight against Communist propaganda in movies.

"The Only Path to Tomorrow" -- A short essay on collectivism vs. individualism, originally published in Reader's Digest.

Other Complete Texts

Alan Greenspan's article "Gold and Economic Freedom" -- from Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.

Additionally, Greenspan wrote a letter to the New York Times Book Review, defending Atlas Shrugged.

Rand's former protege Nathaniel Branden has placed some of his essays from The Objectivist Newsletter on his web site:

NOTE: There are some minor variances between the published text and the online text for some of Branden's essays. None of the discrepancies discovered so far appear to affect the meaning of the text, and are most likely due to transcription errors in converting these pre-computer texts to an electronic format.

George Reisman has made his article on "Platonic Competition" (from The Objectivist) available online in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

Excerpts from Other Authors

The excerpts below were all written during Rand's lifetime, in publications that she edited or endorsed.

     

Excerpts from Rand's Works

From The Fountainhead:

From Atlas Shrugged:

From Letters of Ayn Rand:

From Journals of Ayn Rand:

From Rand's essays for The Objectivist Newsletter:

From Rand's essays for The Objectivist:

From Rand's essays for The Ayn Rand Letter:

From other works by Ayn Rand:

Transcripts

An annotated copy of Ayn Rand's testimony before the House Un-American Affairs Committee in 1947 is available.

Rand conducted an interview for Playboy magazine, which was published in the March 1964 issue.


In addition to the materials linked above, there are also some other sites which are not linked because: 1) they duplicate the texts listed above, or 2) they appear to be posting material in violation of copyright laws.


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