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  • Full Title: Journals of Ayn Rand
  • Author(s): Edited by David Harriman, foreword by Leonard Peikoff
  • Year Published: 1997
  • Publisher: Dutton (hardcover); Plume (paperback)
  • Publication Type: Commercial
  • ISBN-10: 0-525-94370-6 (hardcover), 0-452-27887-2 (paperback)
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  • Description: This book contains material from Rand's private literary journals. Specifically, Harriman describes the material as her "working journals -- i.e., the notes in which she developed her literary and philosophical ideas." He indicates that approximately three-quarters of that material is included in the book, with an undisclosed amount of journal notes "of a personal nature" not included. Although Harriman describes his editing of the material as "restrained," some critics have suggested that he may have made some unwarranted changes to Rand's text (see Chris Matthew Sciabarra's article listed under "Reviews, Criticism and Analysis" for an example of these criticisms).
  • Cover Blurb:

    Rarely has a writer and thinker of the stature of Ayn Rand afforded us access to her most intimate thoughts and feelings. From Journals of Ayn Rand, we gain an invaluable new understanding and appreciation of the woman, the artist, and the philosopher, and of the enduring legacy she has left us.

    Rand comes vibrantly to life as an untried screenwriter in Hollywood, creating stories that reflect her youthful vision of the world. We see her painful memories of communist Russia and her struggles to conveyy them in We the Living. Most fascinating is the intricate, step-by-step process through which she created the plots and characters of her two masterworks, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and the years of painstaking research that imbued the novels with their powerful authenticity.

    Complete with reflections on her legendary screenplay concerning the making of the atomic bomb and tantalizing descriptions of projects cut short by her death, Journals of Ayn Rand illuminates the mind and heart of an extraordinary woman as no biography or memoir ever could. On these vivid pages, Ayn Rand lives. (From a Plume paperback printing.)


Where an item is by an author other than Rand, the author's name is noted in square brackets.

Part 1: Early Projects

Part 2: The Fountainhead

Part 3: Transition Between Novels

Part 4: Atlas Shrugged

Part 5: Final Years

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Reviews, Criticism and Analysis

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Additional keywords: Ann Rand, Anne Rand, Ayn Rad, Ayn Ran, Any Rand

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