Those who had the experience of discussing ideas with Ayn Rand usually remark on her intensely active, questioning mind. When reading the work of other authors, she habitually wrote private, critical comments in the margins — comments that provide glimpses of Rand’s mind at work.
What makes these comments especially interesting is that Rand is always on the lookout for an author’s fundamental premises and is quick to identify and address them.
Edited by Objectivist scholar Robert Mayhew, Marginalia is a collection of these comments and notes on over twenty works, by such authors as Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, John Herman Randall, C. S. Lewis, Barry Goldwater, John Hospers and Friedrich Hayek.
Rand’s marginalia are presented in an easy-to-read format that lays her comments and the text of the original passages she is responding to side by side, so the reader can better understand and evaluate Rand’s comments.