Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

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While the fiction of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand is extremely popular and enduring, little has been written on it so far. This book consists of essays, most of which are new, by top Rand scholars on Atlas Shrugged, her magnum opus. The essays deal with historical, literary, and philosophical topics, surpassing related writings in breadth and depth of analysis. The historical essays cover the writing of Atlas Shrugged, its publication history, and its reception. The literary essays cover analysis of the novel's ...

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Overview

While the fiction of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand is extremely popular and enduring, little has been written on it so far. This book consists of essays, most of which are new, by top Rand scholars on Atlas Shrugged, her magnum opus. The essays deal with historical, literary, and philosophical topics, surpassing related writings in breadth and depth of analysis. The historical essays cover the writing of Atlas Shrugged, its publication history, and its reception. The literary essays cover analysis of the novel's plot, theme, and characterization; comparisons with other works, such as the novels of Hugo, Dostoevsky, and Joyce; and the proper approach to adapting Atlas Shrugged to film. The philosophical essays cover a vast range of topics, including the place of John Galt's speech in the novel, the role of the mind in human life, and the evil of non-objective law. Some of the essays make use of previously unpublished material from the Ayn Rand Archives.

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Editorial Reviews

John P. McCaskey
Ayn Rand's magnum opus has long warranted analyses that are scholarly but accessible, sympathetic but not fawning, useful to readers new to Rand and rewarding to those who have long studied her. Readers have also needed an account of the book's development, publication, and reception. This outstanding collection meets these needs and more. It is the novel's definitive companion.
James G. Lennox
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is unprecedented: a literary masterwork that presents a startlingly new philosophical system in the form of a mystery novel. In his latest collection of essays, Robert Mayhew has assembled an impressive group of scholars who explore Rand's last and most ambitious novel as a work of literature and of philosophy and place it in its historical and cultural context. This is at once a guide for new readers and a source of fresh insights for devotees.
Yaron Brook
In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand presented a revolutionary new philosophy in the form of a gripping and inspiring novel. Dr. Mayhew's remarkable new collection will help readers gain an even deeper appreciation of Rand's esthetic and philosophical achievement. For anyone interested in understanding one of the most celebrated books of the 20th century, Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is a must-read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739127803
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 5/16/2009
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 1,216,115
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mayhew is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University. His authored books include Ayn Rand and Song of Russia: Communism and Anti-Communism in 1940s Hollywood, The Female in Aristotle's Biology: Reason or Rationalization, and Aristotle's Critique of Plato's Republic; his edited collections include Essays on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead and Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of her Q&A.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Bibliographical Note xv

1 The Part and Chapter Headings of Atlas Shrugged Onkar Ghate 1

2 Who Was John Galt? The Creation of Ayn Rand's Ultimate Ideal Man Shoshana Milgram 53

3 The Spirit of Francisco d'Anconia: The Development of His Characterization Shoshana Milgram 79

4 A Note on Francisco's Ancestry Tore Boeckmann 105

5 Working for Ayn Rand: Selections from Facets of Ayn Rand Mary Ann Sures 113

6 Publishing Atlas Shrugged Richard E. Ralston 123

7 The Atlas Shrugged Reviews Michael S. Berliner 133

8 Reply to Whittaker Chambers Leonard Peikoff 145

9 Atlas Shrugged and the Metaphysics of Values Tore Boeckmann 149

10 Atlas Shrugged as the Culmination of the Romantic Novel Andrew Bernstein 167

11 A Tale of Two Novels Harry Binswanger 191

12 Adapting Atlas Shrugged to Film Jeff Britting 195

13 Atlas Shrugged on the Role of the Mind in Man's Existence Gregory Salmieri 219

14 Ayn Rand's Ethics: From The Fountainhead to Atlas Shrugged Darryl Wright 253

15 No Tributes to Caesar: Good or Evil in Atlas Shrugged Tara Smith 275

16 The Businessmen's Crucial Role: Material Men of the Mind Debi Ghate 299

17 The Traits of Business Heroes in Atlas Shrugged Edwin A. Locke 317

18 "Humanity's Darkest Evil": The Lethal Destructiveness of Non-Objective Law Tara Smith 335

19 The Role of Galt's Speech in Atlas Shrugged Onkar Ghate 363

20 Galt's Speech in Five Sentences (and Forty Questions) Allan Gotthelf 375

21 Discovering Atlantis: Atlas Shrugged's Demonstration of a New Moral Philosophy Gregory Salmieri 397

22 A Note on Dagny's "Final Choice" Allan Gotthelf 453

Appendix A Outline of Atlas ShruggedGregory Salmieri 467

Appendix B Outline of Galt's Speech Gregory Salmieri 501

Select Bibliography 505

Index 507

About the Contributors 513

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