The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature; Revised Edition

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In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned book, Ayn Rand throws a new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again Miss Rand eloquently demonstrates her refusal to let popular catchwords and conventional ideas stand between her and the truth as she has discovered it. The Romantic Manifesto takes its place beside The Fountainhead as one of the most important achievements of our time.

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Overview

In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned book, Ayn Rand throws a new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again Miss Rand eloquently demonstrates her refusal to let popular catchwords and conventional ideas stand between her and the truth as she has discovered it. The Romantic Manifesto takes its place beside The Fountainhead as one of the most important achievements of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451149169
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1971
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 519,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 4.08 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Psycho-Epistemology of Art
2. Philosophy and Sense of Life
3. Art and Sense of Life
4. Art and Cognition
5. Basic Principles of Literature
6. What Is Romanticism?
7. The Esthetic Vacuum of Our Age
8. Bootleg Romanticism
9. Art and Moral Treason
10. Introduction to Ninety-Three
11. The Goal of My Writing
12. The Simplest Thing in the World

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

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    In 'The Romantic Manifesto,' Ayn Rand examines the relationship between reason and art, focussing primarily on Romantic literature but also considering the other arts including music and dance. She puts forth an hypothesis about the relationship between music and cognition, and she discusses the relationship between Romantic literature and volition. In every chapter she has something important and brilliant to say about the nature of art, inspiring readers to examine the role of art in their own lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007

    Art as a Value

    I found this work of Ayn Rand's intriguing, not only in terms of literary criticism but with respect to her whole approach to art as a value in human life. In fact, it's the latter which makes the book unique. Her approach is an education in itself as the thinking reader at the end of it is left to ponder just why their favourite works of art are what they are. Further, her value-oriented approach leads to a new classificational concept, of 'romantic realist' art. Whether a person likes 'romatic realist' art or not, I believe it is a very useful concept to have in your analysis kit because it enables categorisation of art work in a more precise way. For Ayn Rand fans, the RM has an additional worth. You can discover what sort of works she loved and did not love as she analyses each work. If you follow the reasoning that art can reveal your deeply- and even deepest-held values, then her selections reveal a tremendous amount about her. And in reading RM, I found the revelations extremely interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    Who says rationality doesn't apply to art?

    In this great book, Ayn Rand shows how to rationally interpret art. That's not to say one piece of art can be rationally 'better' than another, because rationally evaluating art involves comparing it with the values of the viewer. Since different people have different values, they can rationally disagree about art. For example, my high valuation of reason is largely responsible for my appreciation of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    Good art is not a mystery.

    It breaks down the idea that great art is some untangible, mystical thing . Even though she focuses on writing and painting, I apply it to all categories of art. One of the main points that I got out of the book is to focus on what is important to me and do that. Give myself a concrete example of the beliefs and values that are important to me. It is a very inspiring book.

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