For readers who know little or nothing about Ayn Rand, this anthology of her fiction and nonfiction offers an introduction to her thought.
Excerpts from Rand’s most famous and philosophical novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, provide glimpses of Rand’s dramatic literary style and introductions and insights into some of her most beloved characters: Howard Roark, Dominique Francon, John Galt, Hank Rearden, Francisco d’Anconia and Dagny Taggart. Also included are passages from Rand’s first and most autobiographical novel, We the Living, and from the novelette Anthem.
Alternating with these fiction excerpts are passages from Rand’s nonfiction that elaborate on themes captured in the novels. For instance, following excerpts from The Fountainhead are discussions by Rand of the nature of rational selfishness and the evil of altruism, themes that figure prominently in the novel. And following excerpts from Atlas Shrugged are discussions by Rand of the relation between the fields of metaphysics and sex, the power of reason, and the connection of reason to freedom, again themes that figure prominently in the novel.