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Hugo’s Notre-Dame of Paris: The Birth of Romantic Fiction (MP3 download)

This course shows how "Notre-Dame" became, as Hugo intended, "a drama beyond the ordinary proportions."
$11.50

Looking Up to Sinclair Lewis: Ayn Rand's Admiration for "It Can't Happen Here" (MP3 download)

Ayn Rand, who rarely praised contemporary literature, made an exception for "It Can't Happen Here" (1935). In it, vicious ideas—allied with physical force—threaten American freedom: "the men of ritual and the men of barbarism are capable of shutting up the men of science and of silencing them forever." After receiving an inscribed copy, she wrote to the author: she...See More
$9.00

Ninety-Three

"Ninety-Three is Hugo's last novel and one of his best. It is an excellent introduction to his works: it presents - in story, style and spirit - the condensed essence of that which is uniquely 'Hugo-esque'." - Ayn Rand, from her introduction to the novel. (Hardcover; 332 pages)
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Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide

As a historical account, Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide is a fascinating look at figures and events that changed New York, the United States and the world. As an aesthetic handbook it provides a compact method for studying sculpture, inspired by Ayn Rand's writings on art. For residents and tourists, and historians and students, who want to spend...See More
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Preserving the Hero in Your Soul: Integrity and Self-Betrayal in Selected Short Fiction (MP3 download)

This course explores fiction in which protagonists confront the responsibility to be self-made heroes. Each story spotlights a character at a crossroads, with the urgent need to identify values, and either to uphold these values, or abandon them. In classic fiction by Charles Waddell Chesnutt, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and H. G. Wells,...See More
$9.00

Reason in Ancient Greek Drama (MP3 download)

This course examines plays from the four great ancient Greek dramatists all exploring the role of reason in human life...
$11.50

Romanticism vs. Naturalism and Classicism - Part 1 (MP3 download)

Rand identified herself as a Romantic writer, not a Classicist or a Naturalist. But why have schools of art at all? Should not an artist, like Howard Roark, defy convention? This talk explains why there are three and only three great schools of art (hint: Aristotle provides the reason in the Poetics) and why no artist can ultimately avoid joining one or another of...See More
$3.98

Romanticism vs. Naturalism and Classicism - Part 2 (MP3 download)

Rand identified herself as a Romantic writer, not a Classicist or a Naturalist. But why have schools of art at all? Should not an artist, like Howard Roark, defy convention? This talk explains why there are three and only three great schools of art (hint: Aristotle provides the reason in the Poetics) and why no artist can ultimately avoid joining one or another of...See More
$3.98

Spiritual Fuel - Finding Fuel in Short Fiction: Giving Full Conscious Value to the Writer’s Choices (MP3 download)

A man, after reflecting on his life and career, resolves to change course. How can his aspiration become our inspiration? As readers of a short story, published in 1912 by a writer who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize (and to defend The Fountainhead), we will explore how an artist chose to portray moral self-awakening. (No pre-conference reading required.)
$3.98

The Films of Howard Hawks: Integrity, Intelligence, Inspiration (MP3 download)

An overview of the work of the director Howard Hawks, focusing on four films that illustrate the triumph of efficacious rationality over arduous obstacles and on two films featuring Marilyn Monroe, whose performances, according to Ayn Rand, projected a "radiantly benevolent sense of life, which cannot be faked."
$9.00

The Fountainhead (DVD)

Ayn Rand wrote the screenplay for her best-selling novel "The Fountainhead". The movie stars Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal and Raymond Massey. (DVD; 1hr., 53 min; B & W film)
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The Nature of Literary Heroism (MP3 download)

What does it mean to be a story’s “hero”? What is the nature of a real-life hero—and what is its relationship to literary heroism? Who are the mightiest heroes of world literature? How do Ayn Rand’s heroes compare to the other great heroes of world literature? Who is the greatest hero of world literature—and why? These are the questions this course answers.
$7.00

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