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  • Full Title: Ayn Rand's Marginalia: Her Critical Comments on the Writings of Over 20 Authors
  • Author(s): Edited by Robert Mayhew
  • Year Published: 1995
  • Publisher: Second Renaissance Books
  • Publication Type: Specialty
  • ISBN-10: 1-56114-250-6 (paperback)
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  • Description: This book compiles Rand's private comments on the writing of other authors. Most of the comments were written in the margins of their published books (hence the name, "Marginalia"), although in a number of cases she made separate notes as well.
  • Cover Blurb:

    Ayn Rand is the best-selling author of The Fountainhead and the most philosophically challenging novel of the centure -- Atlas Shrugged. Her philosophy, Objectivism, influences an ever-growing number of "new intellectuals" throughout the world.

    As Ayn Rand read books and periodicals by various writers, she habitually wrote critical comments in the margins. Ayn Rand's Marginalia contains these philosophical analyses and the texts to which they refer. Though not her final, considered viewpoint, her marginalia do offer a fascinating glimpse of her unique mind at work. (From a Second Renaissance Books paperback printing.)


Because the book focuses on marginal comments on other people's books, the text consists of the other authors' material and Rand's notes. The chapter titles therefore list the works and authors upon which Rand was commenting. The "Acknowledgements" and "Introduction" were written by Mayhew.

Part One: Philosophy

Part Two: Economics

Part Three: Politics and Culture

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