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Essays on Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"

By Ayn Rand


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 philosophy.


  • Preface

  • Chapter 1. The Part and Chapter Headings of Atlas Shrugged

    Onkar Ghate

  • Chapter 2. Who Was John Galt? The Creation of Ayn Rand's Ultimate Ideal Man

    Shoshana Milgram

  • Chapter 3. The Spirit of Francisco d'Anconia: The Development of His Characterization

    Shoshana Milgram

  • Chapter 4. A Note on Francisco's Ancestry

    Tore Boeckmann

  • Chapter 5. Working for Ayn Rand: Selections from Facets of Ayn Rand

    Mary Ann Sures

  • Chapter 6 Publishing Atlas Shrugged

    Richard E. Ralston

  • Chapter 7. The Atlas Shrugged Reviews

    Michael S. Berliner

  • Chapter 8. Reply to Whittaker Chambers

    Leonard Peikoff

  • Chapter 9. Atlas Shrugged and the Metaphysics of Values

    Tore Boeckmann

  • Chapter 10. Atlas Shrugged as the Culmination of the Romantic Novel

    Andrew Bernstein

  • Chapter 11. A Tale of Two Novels

    Harry Binswanger

  • Chapter 12. Adapting Atlas Shrugged to Film

    Jeff Britting

  • Chapter 13. Atlas Shrugged on the Role of the Mind in Man's Existence

    Gregory Salmieri

  • Chapter 14. Ayn Rand's Ethics: From The Fountainhead to Atlas Shrugged

    Darryl Wright

  • Chapter 15. No Tributes to Caesar: Good or Evil in Atlas Shrugged

    Tara Smith

  • Chapter 16. The Businessmen's Crucial Role: Material Men of the Mind

    Debi Ghate

  • Chapter 17. The Traits of Business Heroes in Atlas Shrugged

    Edwin A. Locke

  • Chapter 18. "Humanity's Darkest Evil": The Lethal Destructiveness of Non-Objective Law

    Tara Smith

  • Chapter 19. The Role of Galt's Speech in Atlas Shrugged

    Onkar Ghate

  • Chapter 20. Galt's Speech in Five Sentences (and Forty Questions)

    Allan Gotthelf

  • Chapter 21. Discovering Atlantis: Atlas Shrugged's Demonstration of a New Moral Philosophy

    Gregory Salmieri

  • Chapter 22. A Note on Dagny's "Final Choice"

    Allan Gotthelf

  • Appendix A: Outline of Atlas Shrugged

    Gregory Salmieri

  • Appendix B: Outline of Galt's Speech

    Gregory Salmieri