Essays on Ayn Rand's We the Living

Essays on Ayn Rand's We the Living

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by Robert Mayhew
     
 

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Considered by many to be the doyen of philosophical libertarianism, Ayn Rand has attracted the most attention for the presentation of her philosophy in the novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. However, it is her first, most autobiographical, novel We the Living that is the focus of this collection of 16 papers presented by Mayhew…  See more details below

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Considered by many to be the doyen of philosophical libertarianism, Ayn Rand has attracted the most attention for the presentation of her philosophy in the novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. However, it is her first, most autobiographical, novel We the Living that is the focus of this collection of 16 papers presented by Mayhew (philosophy, Seton Hall U.). The first half of the volume explores the history of the novel itself, discussing its genesis in Rand's youth in the Russia, its publishing history, critical reactions, and film and stage adaptations. Essays then turn to the novel as literature and philosophy, examining such topics as the influence of Victor Hugo, the integration of plot and theme, and the novel's portrayal of collectivism. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739106976
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.05(d)

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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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Robert Mayhew is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University.

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