Works by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s Fiction

We the Living (1936)
“Ayn Rand’s first published novel, a timeless story that explores the struggles of the individual against the state in Soviet Russia. First published in 1936, We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman’s passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.”

Anthem (1938)
Anthem is Ayn Rand’s classic tale of a dystopian future of the great “We”—a world that deprives individuals of a name or independence—that anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.”

The Fountainhead (1943)
“This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite…of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy…and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress.”

Atlas Shrugged (1957)
“Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.”

Ayn Rand’s Non-Fiction (pre 1981)

For the New Intellectual (1961)
“As incisive and relevant today as it was sixty years ago, this book presents the essentials of Ayn Rand’s philosophy “for those who wish to acquire an integrated view of existence.” In the title essay, she offers an analysis of Western culture, discusses the causes of its progress, its decline, its present bankruptcy, and points the road to an intellectual renaissance.”

The Ayn Rand Column (1962)
” In 1962 Ayn Rand accepted an invitation to write a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times. The column became enormously popular, covering a wide variety of topics: from the welfare state to freedom of speech to foreign policy to the death of Marilyn Monroe.”

The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)
“A collection of essays that sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s controversial, groundbreaking philosophy.”

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966)
“…Ayn Rand presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.”

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (1966)
“Ayn Rand states her revolutionary theory of concepts; transcripts of invaluable epistemology workshops she conducted are also included.”

The Romantic Manifesto (1969)
“Art is a selective re-creation of reality based on the artist’s metaphysical value judgments”

The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (1971)

Ayn Rand’s Periodicals

The Objectivist Newsletter (1962–66)
The Objectivist Newsletter was produced from January 1962 to December 1965 (when it converted to magazine format under the title The Objectivist). This 224-page volume reproduces the entire contents of each issue.”

The Objectivist (1966–71)
“Here are 69 issues of a monthly journal on the theory and application of Objectivism. This 1,120-page volume covers a fascinating range of issues — from a radical analysis of the nature of concepts to a piercing description of life for dissidents in Soviet Russia, from an examination of the requirements of mental health to an intriguing explanation of why Calumet “K” was Ayn Rand’s favorite novel.”

The Ayn Rand Letter (1971–76)
“Why did Ayn Rand say that “the pre-condition of inflation is psycho-epistemological”? What philosophical lessons did she draw from America’s disastrous involvement in Vietnam? Her superlative ability to untangle the intellectual significance of world events is displayed in full force in this 400-page volume.”

Lectures (Audio)

Interviews (Audio)

Ford Hall Forum Lectures

Ayn Rand’s Fiction (post 1981)

The Early Ayn Rand: A Selection From Her Unpublished Fiction
“Newly revised collection of Ayn Rand’s early fiction—including her previously unpublished short story The Night King—ranges from beginner’s exercises to excerpts from early versions of We the Living and The Fountainhead.”

Ayn Rand’s Non-Fiction (post 1981)

Philosophy: Who Needs It (1982)
“This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics.”

The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z (1986)
Edited by Harry Binswanger
“…brings together all the key ideas of her philosophy of Objectivism. Begun under Rand’s supervision, this unique volume is an invaluable guide to her philosophy or reason, self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism.”

The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought (1989)
Edited by Leonard Peikoff

Letters of Ayn Rand (1995)
Edited by Michael S. Berliner
“When Michael Berliner handed me the manuscript of this book a month ago, I did not know much about the letters, and I proceeded to read them through. I started out coolly, as an editor, but I was soon hooked; I became emotionally involved and even rapt. I ended in tears… this book IS Ayn Rand, exactly as I knew her. It captures her mind—and also her feelings, her actions, her achievements, her character, her soul… Through them you can see her thinking and choosing and judging and reacting day by day, across decades, in virtually every aspect of her professional and personal life.” — LP

Ayn Rand’s Marginalia: Her Critical Comments on the Writings of over Twenty Authors (1995)
Edited by Robert Mayhew

Journals of Ayn Rand (1997)
Edited by David Harriman
“Ayn Rand’s ‘Journals’—my name for her notes to herself through the decades—-is the bulk of her still unpublished work, arranged chronologically. What remains to be published are two lecture courses on writing, presently being edited, and her old film scripts. The Journals contains most of AR’s notes for her three main novels… and some notes from her final decades… Aside from occasional pieces… the AR material in this book was written for herself, for her own clarity… nor did AR intend to publish it. Obviously, therefore, nothing in the book may be taken as definitive of her ideas…”

Return of the Primitive (1999) The New Left republished with additional essays by Peter Schwartz
“Editor Peter Schwartz, in this new, expanded version of The New Left, has reorganized Rand’s essays and added some of his own in order to underscore the continuing relevance of her analysis of that period. He examines such current ideologies as feminism, environmentalism and multiculturalism and argues that the same primitive, tribalist, “anti-industrial” mentality which animated the New Left a generation ago is shaping society today.”

Russian Writings on Hollywood (1999)
Edited by Michael S. Berliner
“Reproduces and translates from the Russian two booklets in which the 20-year-old later known in the US as Ayn Rand records her admiration for Hollywood movies and stars. Pola Negri, about her favorite actress, was published without byline in 1925. Hollywood: American City of Movies, her description of early Hollywood, was pirated by a Soviet publisher. They were rediscovered separately during the middle 1990s. Accompanying them is a detailed log of the films she watched and a ranking of her favorite actors.”

Why Businessmen Need Philosophy (1999)
Edited by Debi Ghate and Richard E. Ralston

The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers (2000)
Edited by Tore Boeckmann
“In 1958 Ayn Rand gave a series of extemporaneous lectures, to a handful of people in her living room, on the nature of fiction. This book is the edited transcript of those sessions. Miss Rand presents her distinctively enlightening views, as she explains the four essential elements of fiction: plot, theme, characterization and style. The book offers Ayn Rand’s incisive analysis of her own works as well as those of other famous authors, such as Victor Hugo, Sinclair Lewis and Thomas Wolfe. This is an invaluable work for any reader or writer of fiction.”

The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers (2001)
Edited by Robert Mayhew
“In 1958, Ayn Rand… gave a private series of extemporaneous lectures in her own living room on the art of fiction…. The Art of Fiction offers invaluable lessons, in which Rand analyzes the four essential elements of fiction: theme, plot, characterization, and style. She demonstrates her ideas by dissecting her best-known works, as well as those of other famous authors, such as Thomas Wolfe, Sinclair Lewis, and Victor Hugo.” “[Ayn Rand] maintains that writing is a rational sphere, governed by rationally identifiable principles. ‘Writing is no more difficult a skill than any other, such as engineering,’ she says. ‘Like every human activity, it requires practice and knowledge. But there is nothing mystical to it.’ ”

Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A (2005)
Edited by Robert Mayhew

Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed (2009)
Edited by Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz

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