Forgotten Treasures in Ayn Rand’s Three Periodicals

Bound volumes of Ayn Rand’s three periodicals contain fascinating and valuable nuggets not available elsewhere.

"After publishing Atlas Shrugged in 1957, Ayn Rand turned her focus to writing nonfiction. Over the next twenty-five years, she generated articles that would fill all or part of seven nonfiction books.1 Most of those articles were published first in one of her three periodicals: the Objectivist Newsletter (1962–65), The Objectivist (1966–71) and the Ayn Rand Letter (1971–76).

"But beyond the intellectual riches in those seven published anthologies are many forgotten treasures in the pages of her periodicals. Reading them permits a deeper appreciation of Rand’s unique philosophic mind, her penetrating insights on unfolding cultural trends, and her wide-ranging intellectual curiosity.

"This article highlights some of the valuable content that’s accessible by purchasing physical bound volumes of those periodicals — not only the gems from Rand’s own hand but also the enlightening materials by other authors she handpicked and editorially supervised. Highlights are arranged topically rather than chronologically, with a brief indication of the source periodical (using initials: TON, TO and ARL) and date of publication."

This article was originally published on October 27, 2021, on New Ideal, the journal of the Ayn Rand Institute. Read the full article here.