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The Creation of Ayn Rand's Ultimate Ideal Man: Who Was John Galt? (MP3 download)

This lecture describes the creation of John Galt from Ayn Rand's earliest thoughts about the character, through her preparatory notes and the edited drafts of the manuscript, to the final text of the novel. Topics include key elements of the characterization, significant changes in Galt's plot function and in his relationships with other characters, inspirations...See More

The Fountainhead Cliffs Notes (Paperback)

Cliffs Notes for "The Fountainhead" presents an in-depth analysis, following a brief summary, of the novel's plot. It contains essays explaining the book's characters, theme and philosophic content. (Booklet; 132 pages)
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The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America

This book is a brilliant analysis of the frightening similarities between contemporary America and pre-Nazi Germany. (Softcover, 383 pages)
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The Originality of "Atlas Shrugged" (MP3 download)

Ayn Rand said that "creating a new, original abstraction and translating it through new, original means" is "my kind of fiction writing." Tore Boeckmann tests the originality of "Atlas Shrugged" in regard to both abstract theme and concrete means.

The Principle of Drama (MP3 download)

Dramatic action is crucial to narrative literature of any form or school - and it arrests our attention even in real life.

The Road to Roark (MP3 download)

By creating Howard Roark, Ayn Rand achieved full success in the task she identified as the motive and purpose of her writing: the projection of an ideal man.

The Spirit of Francisco (MP3 download)

This talk, which draws on Ayn Rand's hand-edited manuscripts, contrasts her revisions in refining this "ready-made" character, with the changes she made in the characters for whom she had prepared extensive notes (such as Rearden and Roark).

The Stylized Soul in Romantic Literature (MP3 download)

“Romantic art is always stylized,” Ayn Rand said, distinguishing it from ancient Greek sculpture, which she called “beautiful Naturalism.” To stylize an artwork is to condense it to essential characteristics, chosen according to the artist’s value-abstractions. The result is a work every aspect of which is expressive of his values.

To Imagine a Heaven — and How “Sense of Life” Can Help You To Claim It (MP3 download)

This course enlivens our grasp of Ayn Rand’s rich concept of a sense of life. After examining what a sense of life is, Dr. Smith shows its crucial role for understanding—and for living—the Objectivist ethics, and correspondingly, for realizing the “heaven” that we all, like Kira, dream of.

Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables: Valor in Defense of Values (MP3 download)

While preparing to write "The Fountainhead", Ayn Rand reread "Les Misérables" to study Hugo’s method of esthetic integration. In this course we will analyze the integration of plot, theme and style in Hugo’s masterpiece, with special attention to the way he shows that man is a being of self-made soul.

We the Living (DVD)

Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini. First produced in fascist Italy during World War II, this is the painstakingly restored film version of Ayn Rand's novel "We the Living". She did virtually all the major (esthetic and philosophical) re-editing. The result, she later said, was far superior to what Hollywood would ever have allowed. (DVD; two-disc set with...See More

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