Journals of Ayn Rand
contains most of the notes for Ayn Rand’s three main novels, along with some notes made between The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and
some notes from her final decades.
The early material includes, among other things, Rand’s first philosophic musings on paper in English, written in her twenties. The middle sections contain
a transitional statement on ethics, never finished, and also a vigorous essay on why the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 did not
violate the civil rights of the Hollywood Communists. The final section includes the notes for Rand’s last projected novel, To Lorne Dieterling.
Readers will discover the real-life inspirations for some of Rand’s characters, the extent to which she was (and was not) influenced by Nietzsche, and the
origins of some of her most important philosophic ideas.