Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- We the Living (1936)
- Anthem (1938)
- The Fountainhead (1943)
- Atlas Shrugged (1957)
- Ideal (2015)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- The Early Ayn Rand (1984)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- For the New Intellectual (1961)
- The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)
- The Romantic Manifesto (1969)
Standalone Plays In Publication Order
- The Night of January 16th (1936)
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Ayn Rand Books Overview
This is a philosophical book from the Russian born novelist Ayn Rand, an author interested in the concept of ”enlightened self interest”. We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Of this book, Ayn Rand said, ”it is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write. The plot is invented, the background is not. I was born in Russia, I was educated under the Soviets; I have seen the conditions of existence that I describe. The specific events of Kira’s life were not mine; her ideas, her convictions, her values were and are.” For those who found Ayn Rand’s blockbuster Atlas Shrugged a powerful voice raised in defense of the individual, this book continues the theme of an individual’s right to the pursuit of his or her own happiness. We the Livingis not a story of politics but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the banners and slogans.
‘Anthem is a dystopian, science fiction novella by philosopher Ayn Rand, first published in 1938. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the evils of irrationality and collectivism and the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned when it is allowed to occur at all and the concept of individuality has been eliminated for example, the word ‘I’ has disappeared from the language. As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear distinction between the ‘socialist/communal’ values of equality and brotherhood and the ‘productive/capitalist’ values of achievement and individuality.
Many of the novella’s core themes, such as the struggle between individualism and collectivism, are echoed in Rand’s later books, such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.’ Quote from wikipedia. org
About the Author
‘Ayn Rand, February 2, 1905 March 6, 1982, born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum , was a Russian born American novelist and philosopher. She is widely known for her best selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.
She was an uncompromising advocate of rational individualism and laissez faire capitalism, and vociferously opposed socialism, altruism, and other contemporary philosophical trends, as well as religion. Her influential and often controversial ideas have attracted both enthusiastic admirers and scathing denunciation.’ Quote from wikipedia. org
Table of Contents
Publisher’s Preface; Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; Chapter Ten; Chapter Eleven; Chapter Twelve<
The Fountainhead, possibly the most influential and controversial novel of ideas in American history, presents a philosophy of vital interest to anyone seeking an understanding of our present day culture. As relevant and exciting now as it was for those who clamored to read it when it burst upon the scene in 1943, this book continues to focus worldwide attention on its brilliant author, who pointedly asks, ‘Is it possible to be an individual in today’s world?’ The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman committed to destroying him. Howard Roark, expelled from school, mocked at parties and in print, perseveres in the face of near universal derision and in the face of the fabulous success of his friend, the conniving Peter Keating, the most sought after architect of the day, who knows nothing about actually designing buildings. In fighting for success, Roark, loosely based upon Frank Lloyd Wright, discovers the seductive power of money and acclaim, only to find that in the end he must be true to his own genius despite the great unhappiness that commitment may bring. What do we owe our community and what freedom does our community owe us? This debate has raged in our land since Emerson. The argument is especially heated in the realm of art: to what extent must the artist be held responsible to the desires of his audience, and can creativity survive in a world where one’s intelligence is measured by the popularity of one’s ideas? The Fountainhead became a towering book on the contemporary intellectual scene by simply illustrating the difficulties we encounter when we dare to march to our own drummer and by offering us the hope that it can be done. This timeless classic updates cherished and very American notions of liberty for a modern world, which, while no longer plagued by a global struggle against totalitarianism, threatens to be overrun by faceless corporate conglomeration. Agree or disagree with Rand’s plan to maintain originality of thought and independence of action in such a world, her superb and powerful novel will leave you convinced at least of the nobility of the sentiment.
A new reading of the ultra popular novel by Ayn Rand featuring Audie Award winning narrator Scott Brick. In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, an electrifying moral defense of capitalism and free enterprise which launched an ideological movement and gained millions of loyal fans around the world. Atlas Shrugged is the ”second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.
This collection of short fiction and plays by Ayn Rand charts her artistic and intellectual growth. It shows her development, in a critical decade, from a 21 year old Russian emigrant struggling with English to a sophisticated writer of complex philosophical themes and prose.
One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy of rational self interest that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self sacrifice. Her unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide following. The fundamentals of this morality are here vibrantly set forth by this spokesman for a new class of intellectual. For the New Intellectual is Ayn Rand’s challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the ”atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all pervasive evasion” that they create.
Playaway is the easiest way to listen to a book on the go. An all in one format, the player and content are combined in one 2 ounce unit and it comes with everything you need to start listening immediately. No separate player needed, no CDs, no downloads just press play! ‘Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life the life proper to a rational being as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirements of survival, and with a free society. Ms. Rands unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are set forth in this and three other nonfiction books: Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, For the New Intellectual, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, the latter two available from Blackstone.’
In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, Rand demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let conventional ideas define her sense of the truth. Rand eloquently asserts that one cannot create art without infusing it with one’s own value judgments and personal philosophy even an attempt to withhold moral overtones only results in a deterministic or naturalistic message. Because the moral influence of art is inescapable, she argues, art should always strive to elevate the human spirit. The Romantic Manifesto takes its place beside The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as one of the most important achievements of our time.
Night of January 16th leaves the answers to the mystery of an international magnate’s death up to the reader. The play is a gripping drama about the rise and destruction of a brilliant and ruthless man, the suspense never letting up for a moment.