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Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life Collector's Edition (DVD)

By Michael Paxton. Includes the complete filmed version of Ayn Rand's play, "Ideal". The first authorized film to look at the life and work of the Russian-born author. (DVD, 143 mins., B&W and Color, Widescreen Edition)
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Ayn Rand’s Seminars on Non-Fiction Writing: A Preview (MP3 download)

This talk examines "The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Readers and Writers", a book based on the nonfiction writing course Ayn Rand gave in 1969.

Ayn Rand's Drafts: The Labors of a Literary Genius (MP3 download)

These two lectures take a fascinating look at the development that certain scenes in "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" went through,in particular, scenes involving philosophical speeches and romantic encounters.

Ayn Rand's Ethics: From "The Fountainhead" to "Atlas Shrugged" (MP3 download)

Ayn Rand originally envisioned "Atlas Shrugged" as a socio-political novel that would build on the ethical ideas of "The Fountainhead". But as she worked on "Atlas", she developed and revised her ethical thought in unexpected ways. This lecture explores how, and why, her ideas changed. Special attention is given to the pivotal role of "The Moral Basis of...See More

Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist

Ayn Rand is well known for advocating egoism, but the substance of that instruction is rarely understood. Far from representing the rejection of morality, selfishness, in Rand's view, actually demands the practice of a systematic code of ethics. This book explains the fundamental virtues that Rand considers vital for a person to achieve their objective well-being. ...See More
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Ayn Rand's Novels and the Metaphysics of Values (MP3 download)

In Ayn Rand's words, "what is important is not the message a writer projects explicitly, but the values and view of life he projects implicitly." Mr. Boeckmann discusses some of the values implicit in Ayn Rand's fiction, especially those relating to romance and productive work. These and other personal values of hers suffuse her novels. A fact which in itself...See More

Ayn Rand's Philosophic Achievement (MP3 download)

For the centenary of Ayn Rand's birth, these two lectures take stock of and summarize her immense achievement and philosophic legacy: the philosophy of Objectivism. Dr. Binswanger singles out for discussion six pivotal breakthroughs that form the core of Objectivism. Then he identifies the overarching conception that integrates these breakthroughs. The lectures...See More

Ayn Rand's Plays (MP3 download)

In Atlantis, Dagny Taggart is exhilarated by the experience of encountering "a play that told a story she had not seen before, in lines she had not heard, uttering a theme that had not been picked from the hand-me-downs of the centuries." As readers of Ayn Rand's plays, we too can have that experience. This course analyzes and relishes in "The Night of January...See More

Ayn Rand's Unique and Enduring Contributions to Literature (MP3 download)

Drawing on the full range of Ayn Rand's work in fiction (including her earliest ideas, her writings about literature and the post-Atlas Shrugged novels she planned), this lecture shows how Ayn Rand dramatizes—in a stylized universe—powerful conflicts that actually matter and make sense. Her technique of "writing in tiers" allows her to provide significant values to...See More

Essays on Ayn Rand's "Anthem"

Edited by Robert Mayhew. In this first book-length study of Ayn Rand's anti-utopia "Anthem", essays explore the historical, literary, and philosophical themes presiding in this novella written in opposition to the totalitarianism of the Soviet Union (and Nazi Germany). (Softcover; 360 pages)
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Essays on Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"

Edited by Robert Mayhew. This is the first scholarly study of "Atlas Shrugged", covering in detail the historical, literary, and philosophical aspects of Ayn Rand's magnum opus. Topics explored in depth include the history behind the novel's creation, publication, and reception; its nature as a romantic novel; and its presentation of a radical new...See More
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Essays on Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead"

Edited by Robert Mayhew. In this unique study of Ayn Rand's first best-selling novel, Dr. Robert Mayhew brings together historical, literary, and philosophical essays that analyze "The Fountainhead"'s style, its use of humor and its virtues of productivity, independence, and integrity. Mayhew's collection of essays offers an insightful and critical perspective...See More
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