Essays On Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

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Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is still remembered and enjoyed today as the philosopher's first best-selling novel. In this unique study of The Fountainhead, Dr. Robert Mayhew brings together historical, literary, and philosophical essays that analyze the novel's style, its use of humor, and its virtues of productivity, independence, and integrity. The essays make extensive use of previously unpublished material from the Ayn Rand Archives, offering a new collection of material to explore and consider. This book ...

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Overview

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is still remembered and enjoyed today as the philosopher's first best-selling novel. In this unique study of The Fountainhead, Dr. Robert Mayhew brings together historical, literary, and philosophical essays that analyze the novel's style, its use of humor, and its virtues of productivity, independence, and integrity. The essays make extensive use of previously unpublished material from the Ayn Rand Archives, offering a new collection of material to explore and consider. This book leads through the creation, publication, and reception of the 1943 novel that made Rand famous. Mayhew's collection of essays offers an insightful and critical perspective on the much regarded novel, and is a necessary read for anyone interested in Ayn Rand and great American literature.

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Editorial Reviews

Yaron Brook
Not only is Dr. Mayhew's book the first compilation of scholarly essays on Ayn Rand's classic novel The Fountainhead, it also contains some brilliant work and insights of many of the top Ayn Rand scholars working today. I'm very excited to see that The Fountainhead-one of the greatest and most popular novels of the 20th century-is now receiving the kind of scholarly attention that it clearly deserves.
James G. Lennox
Whether you are interested in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead as a cultural phenomenon, a literary creation or a philosophical manifesto, this collection of essays illuminates it with insights, large and small, on every page. It has given me a deeper appreciation for every aspect of this great novel and for its author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739115787
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,539,542
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mayhew is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The History of The Fountainhead Chapter 2 The Fountainhead from Notebook to Novel: The Composition of Ayn Rand's First Projection of the Ideal Man Chapter 3 Howard Roark and Frank Lloyd Wright Chapter 4 Publishing The Fountainhead Chapter 5 The Fountainhead Reviews Chapter 6 Adapting The Fountainhead to Film Part 7 The Fountainhead as Literature and as Philosophy Chapter 8 The Fountainhead as a Romantic Novel Chapter 9 What Might Be and Ought to Be: Aristotle's Poetics and The Fountainhead Chapter 10 Three Inspirations for the Ideal Man: Cyrus Paltons, Enjolras, and Cyrano de Bergerac Chapter 11 Understanding the "Rape" Scene in The Fountainhead Chapter 12 Humor in The Fountainhead Chapter 13 The Fountainhead and the Spirit of Youth Chapter 14 The Basic Motivation of the Creators and the Masses in ,The Fountainhead Chapter 15 Independence in The Fountainhead Chapter 16 Roark's Integrity Chapter 17 A Moral Dynamiting Chapter 18 Epilogue Chapter 19 An Interview with Leonard Peikoff

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