Essays on Ayn Rand's We the Living

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Ayn Rand remains a truly significant figure of modern philosophy. Her unique vision of a world in which man, relying on reason, acts wholly for his own good is skillfully developed and illustrated in her most famous novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. But Rand's first novel, We the Living, a lesser-known but no less important book, offers an early form of the author's nascent philosophy—the philosophy Rand later called Objectivism.

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Overview

Ayn Rand remains a truly significant figure of modern philosophy. Her unique vision of a world in which man, relying on reason, acts wholly for his own good is skillfully developed and illustrated in her most famous novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. But Rand's first novel, We the Living, a lesser-known but no less important book, offers an early form of the author's nascent philosophy—the philosophy Rand later called Objectivism.

In the second edition, Robert Mayhew once again brings together pre-eminent scholars of Rand's writing. The edition includes three new chapters, as well as an epilogue by renowned Rand-scholar Leonard Peikoff. In part a history of We the Living, from its earliest drafts to the Italian film later based upon it, Mayhew's collection goes on to explore the enduring significance of Rand's first novel as a work both of philosophy and of literature. For Ayn Rand scholars and fans alike, this enhanced second edition is a compelling examination of a novel that set the tone for some of the most influential philosophical literature to follow.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Gary Hull
This is a truly engaging collection of essays that provide valuable philosophic and literary insight—as well as fascinating details about the publishing history and the music—of Ayn Rand's first full novel, We the Living.
Darryl Wright
A study of this kind is long overdue. Robert Mayhew has demonstrated an impressive vision in assembling a collection of this kind. One learns fascinating details about Ayn Rand’s life, her extraordinary care with her craft, and the critical reception of her first novel. Mayhew also sheds important light on her philosophy as it developed in the 1930s and beyond.
Gregory Salmieri
With his edited collections of essays on Ayn Rand’s novels, Professor Mayhew has set a new standard for scholarship on these important and works, which have too often been ignored by academia. Essays on Ayn Rand’s We the Living was the first of these groundbreaking collections, and the second edition adds to what was already an illuminating volume several new essays that exemplify the increasing sophistication that this series has contributed to our understanding of Rand as a novelist and philosopher.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739106976
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mayhew is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Bibliographical note
1 From Airtight to We the living : the drafts of Ayn Rand's first novel 3
2 Parallel lives : models and inspirations for characters in We the living 47
3 We the living and the Rosenbaum family letters 67
4 Russian revolutionary ideology and We the living 87
5 The music of We the living 117
6 Publishing We the living 133
7 Reviews of We the living 145
8 Adapting We the living 155
9 We the living : '36 and '59 185
10 We the living and Victor Hugo : Ayn Rand's fist novel and the novelist she ranked first 223
11 Red pawn : Ayn Rand's other story of Soviet Russia 257
12 The integration of plot and themes in We the living 279
13 Kira's family 285
14 Kira Argounova laughed : humor and joy in We the living 303
15 Forbidding life to those still living 317
16 The death premise in We the living and Atlas shrugged 335
Select bibliography 357
Index 359
About the contributors 367
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