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Ideal

By Ayn Rand

 

NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED

In print for the first time! Author and philosopher Ayn Rand’s novel Ideal.


Originally conceived as a novel, but transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her—(a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul), each telling her that she represents their ideal. Each reacts to her plight in his own way, their reactions a glimpse into their secret selves and their true values. In the end their responses to her pleas give Kay the answers she has been seeking.

Ideal was written in 1934 as a novel, but Ayn Rand thought the theme of the piece would be better realized as a play and put the novel aside. Now both versions of Ideal are available for the first time to millions of Ayn Rand fans around the world, giving them a unique opportunity to explore the creative process of Rand as she wrote first a book, then a play, and to explore the differences between the two.

INCLUDES AN INTRODUCTION BY LEONARD PEIKOFF

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