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“Lost” Ayn Rand Novel To Be Published

According to Yahoo [1], Ayn Rand’s “lost” novel Ideal, which she wrote in 1934 (two years before We the Living), will be published in 2015 by Penguin Random House:

The Ayn Rand Institute is excited to announce the new publication of a lost Ayn Rand novel. Ayn Rand’s work Ideal, written in 1934, is scheduled for release by Penguin Random House in July of 2015 and will be paired with Rand’s play of the same name into a single volume. The introduction will be written by Rand’s designated heir, Leonard Peikoff.

“We are delighted to share this wonderful news,” said ARI executive director Yaron Brook. “How often does one get to announce the new publication of a novel by such an influential author eighty years after the book was written? It’s incredible to see that several decades after Rand’s death, her work and ideas are still fresh and alive in the culture.”

I’m not a fan of Ayn Rand, but her earlier work is generally better than her later, massive novels.  Her best piece of fiction is the novella, Anthem, which she published in 1938. So maybe Ideal won’t be so bad. Maybe it will be terrible. Let’s hope, at least, that it’s short.

HT: Jordan Bloom

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8 Comments To "“Lost” Ayn Rand Novel To Be Published"

#1 Comment By Rob G On June 16, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

“The Ayn Rand Institute is excited to announce the new publication of a lost Ayn Rand novel.”

Could something be arranged whereby we keep Ideal and “lose” the rest of her work?

#2 Comment By N.S. Palmer On June 16, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

Rand is a good writer as long as one doesn’t take her too seriously. She wrote romantic fiction, not nonfiction. A lot of her followers have trouble distinguishing the two.

#3 Comment By RadicalCenter On June 17, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

N.S. Palmer, weren’t “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal” (if I remember the title right) and other Rand works non-fiction? You may not find them persuasive or enjoyable — though I did, for the most part — but they were nonfiction.

#4 Comment By The Dean On June 24, 2014 @ 11:06 am

The best comment I heard about her “Objectivism” philosophy where pure greed driven capitalism is not constrained by morality: William F. Buckley’s quote “stillborn”.

#5 Comment By Zachary Woodman On June 27, 2014 @ 8:32 am

Wasn’t she still a big fan of Nietzsche in 1934? I know Night of January 16th kind of showed that side of her, you very well might see that in this early novel.

#6 Comment By pwb On June 27, 2014 @ 11:21 am

Wonderful! Just what we need: another adolescent novel.

#7 Comment By Jeff On June 28, 2014 @ 2:38 am

pwb: I certainly hope not; a novel pitched at adolescents might well be too subtle and serious a work for her most ardent present disciples.

#8 Comment By ADM64 On June 28, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

For all the nasty comments directed at Rand, it would be hard to find any modern writer on the political right (in all its variety) who has had the same impact she has had. Whether one thinks her writing good or bad, it has clearly spoken to people across the decades, addressing important themes. That alone is enough to make her significant. That her philosophy had its shortcomings – and it does – should likewise not mask the things it got right and that conservatives should pay some attention to. In particular, Rand noted that without a consistent, secular, moral defense, things conservatives claim to like – small government and free markets – will go nowhere. Looking at one defeat after another on both seemingly pragmatic economic matters, and on the scope of government, and on a whole host of social issues, it should be obvious that Buckely, Burke and the Bible will not suffice, particularly on the social issues. Rand also correctly noted that as goes the culture, so goes the politics. And the culture will go as the universities go. How many conservatives are able or willing to take on those areas by entering them and trying to effect changes? Rand, for better or worse, took her shot in the cultural realm and had an impact. It should at least be acknowledged.