Since its publication in 1957 Atlas Shrugged, the philosophical and artistic climax of Ayn Rand's novels, has never been out of print and has received enormous critical attention becoming one of the most influential books ever published, impacting on a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, business, and political science among others. More than a great novel, Atlas Shrugged is an abstract conceptual, and symbolic work that expounds a radical philosophy, presenting a view of man and man's relationship to existence and manifesting the essentials of an entire philosophical system - metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics. Celebrating the fiftieth year of Atlas Shrugged's publication, this companion is an exploration of this monumental work of literature. Contributions have been specially commissioned from a diversity of eminent scholars who admire and have been influenced by the book, the included essays analyzing the novel's integrating elements of theme, plot and characterization from many perspectives and from various levels of meaning.
A Philosophical and Literary Companion
Author: Edward W. Younkins
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.
Author: Robert Mayhew
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Literary Collections
Written in an easy-to-read, accessible style by teachers with years of classroom experience, Masterwork Studies are guides to the literary works most frequently studied in high school. Presenting ideas that spark imaginations, these books help students to gain background knowledge on great literature useful for papers and exams. The goal of each study is to encourage creative thinking by presenting engaging information about each work and its author. This approach allows students to arrive at sound analyses of their own, based on in-depth studies of popular literature.Each volume: -- Illuminates themes and concepts of a classic text-- Uses clear, conversational language-- Is an accessible, manageable length from 140 to 170 pages-- Includes a chronology of the author's life and era-- Provides an overview of the historical context-- Offers a summary of its critical reception-- Lists primary and secondary sources and indexAn in-depth examination of Ayn Rand's 1957 classic.This is the novel that presents her controversial personal philosophy, known as objectivism, in fictional form.
Manifesto of the Mind
Author: Mimi Reisel Gladstein
Publisher: Twayne Publishers
Category: Literary Criticism
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on Atlas Shrugged is your guide to author Ayn Rand's masterpiece, an impassioned defense of the freedom of man's mind. She shows that without the independent mind, our society would collapse into primitive savagery. Delve into the post-World War II historical context of Atlas Shrugged and the modern implications of its conclusions. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of major players A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.
Author: Andrew Bernstein
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Literary Criticism
Don't have time to read Atlas Shrugged but still want all the details? With 100 Page Summaries, you get a professional grade summary with just enough depth to understand all the important themes, characters, and plots. Why pay a premium for other discount summary books when 100 Page Summaries has more quality and a cheaper price. Not convinced? Take a look inside the book to see for yourself. This book offers: Overall Summary of the entire book Chapter by chapter summaries Chapter by chapter analysis Chapter by chapter key takeaways Character list and description Themes found throughout the book About the book About the Author
100 Page Summary of Ayn Rand's Classic Novel
Author: Trisha Lively
Publisher: One Hundred Page Summaries
Category: Study Aids
When an essay is due and dreaded exams loom, this title offers students what they need to succeed. It provides chapter-by-chapter analysis, explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols, a review quiz and essay topics. It is suitable for late-night studying and paper writing.
Author: SparkNotes,Ayn Rand
Category: Study Aids
Two of Rand's classic novels--Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead--are collected together for the first time in one boxed set. Original.
Atlas Shrugged/ The Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
"When the righteous triumph, there is great elation, but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding." Prov. 28:12 (NIV) Atlas Shrugged is a controversial piece of literature, written by a former Russian citizen, Ayn Rand, warning us about the dangers of political thinking. This guide is designed to help understand the arguments presented and how they apply in a Christian context. Use it as an individual, as home schoolers, or in a group and explore what many believe to be a message for today.
Author: Dr. Judy Barrett
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
In recent press articles and among the general public, there is a sense that Ayn Rand's monumental Atlas Shrugged is a prophetic work, accurately predicting the Great Recession and the path on which America's economy and society are set. But Atlas Shrugged is a difficult book to read. Many are daunted by its extreme length, Rand's prose style, interminable speeches where the action stops cold, the author's atheism, and the sexuality of its characters. Rand references economists and philosophers such as Smith, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche and Aristotle without attribution. As a result, much of Rand's message goes over the head of the average reader. This makes it difficult for the reader to understand the main point of Rand's book - precisely what is it that happens when Atlas shrugs, and how does a society change over the course of that event? Is it merely fiction, or is Atlas shrugging now? The purpose of this book is to simplify the reader's task in understanding what Rand is saying and the philosophical and economic sources she mined. With increased interest in Rand's book on the part of book clubs, reading circles, and now a three-part movie, this book will aid casual and serious readers, book clubs, high school and college classes, moviegoers, and home-schoolers to master Rand's work. There are 30 chapters, each one matched to the 30 chapters Rand utilized for Atlas Shrugged. Each chapter starts with a synopsis and detailed discussion of Rand's source material and the points she wishes to make. There may be one or more essays explaining arcane points of railroading, American society of the Fifties, or historical characters thinly disguised by Rand for the book. Rather than didactically draw open parallels to current events, each chapter closes with discussion topics posed to the reader, class or book club to encourage independent thought. This book will be an outstanding aid to comprehending one of the most discussed books of this era.
A Navigational Guide to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
Author: Timothy Curry,Anthony Trifiletti
Category: Literary Criticism
Do you want to better understand and appreciate the complex events, characters, and ideas of Ayn Rand's epic novel Atlas Shrugged? Explore Atlas Shrugged is an in-depth course consisting of study questions, podcasts, and other resources by philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh. The course breaks Atlas Shrugged into 20 manageable sessions, each covering about 65 pages of the novel. The study questions found within this book -- over 1400 in total -- will help you better understand the novel on your own, as well as enable you to lead a successful reading group or class on Atlas Shrugged. In addition, you'll find plot synopses, character summaries, questions for a book club, and a FAQ on creating an Atlas Shrugged Reading Group. The online version of Explore Atlas Shrugged also includes over 22 hours of lively and engaging podcasting. Each podcast-one per session-is an in-depth look at the events, characters, and ideas from those chapters of the novel. To purchase access to those podcasts and other online resources, visit: ExploreAtlasShrugged.com Explore Atlas Shrugged will help you gain fresh insights into the complex events, characters, and ideas of Ayn Rand's epic novel-whether you've read it just once or a dozen times before.
A Study Guide for Ayn Rand's Epic Novel
Author: Diana Hsieh
Marathi Translation of Ayn Rand Classic Atlas Shugged.
Publisher: Diamond Publications
*Includes a full length biography of Ayn Rand that examines her life, works, philosophy, and legacy. *Includes a primer on Atlas Shrugged that will quickly bring readers up to speed on the plot, characters, themes, symbols, and philosophy of Rand's classic novel. *Includes pictures of Rand and important people in her life. *Includes many of Rand's most famous quotes from Atlas Shrugged and other works. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. "Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off." - Ayn Rand Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to Jewish parents on February 2, 1905 as Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, and she lived through the turbulence and transformation of early 20th century Russia. Her first exposure to reading came after she taught herself how to read at age six, and she decided at nine years old to become a writer after a chance encounter with the books of Victor Hugo, the writer she admired most. The seminal events in the young would-be writer's life came just a few years later, when she witnessed firsthand the Bolshevik Revolution and the ultimate Communist victory as a teenager. Rand's experience with the maelstrom of this revolutionary zeal and cultural breakdown greatly contributed toward the formation of Rand's philosophy of objectivism, individualism and anti-religious ideas. During her last year of high school, she was introduced to the history of the United States and immediately decided to make America her model of what an ideal society should look like. Rand came to the United States as a young woman for a visit in 1925, and, as fate would have it, she never returned to Russia. In middle age, Rand continued trying to write in some capacity as a profession, but she had also formed her personal philosophy of integrating ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sexuality into what came to be called Objectivism, or as she called it, "a philosophy for living on earth." Rand began writing Atlas Shrugged, her enormous three part major novel, each with ten chapters, in 1946. Nearly 10 years after it was begun she finished what ultimately became her greatest achievement, and she poignantly dramatized her unique philosophy. Though Atlas Shrugged had been a popular title when Ayn Rand published it in 1957, it's quite possible that the only reference to it that many Americans heard before 2009 came from the hit series Mad Men. However, this staple of conservative and libertarian reader took on new life as the new Obama Administration sought to use government resources to fix financial problems. In 2009, with the global economy hemorrhaging jobs, and Western governments pouring hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money to "bail out" troubled financial firms and large companies, frustrated people and political analysts turned to a book written over 50 years earlier as a guide out of the abyss. Conservative politicians like Ron Paul (who named his son after Rand) and commentators like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh publicly praised Rand and her works, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas labeled Atlas Shrugged one of his favorite novels. By January 2009, one article in the Wall Street Journal was titled, ""Atlas Shrugged From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years." Over the last few years, Rand has become a household name and her works have seen their sales spike. Rand and her work are now some of the most influential and relevant works in America today. Ayn Rand & Atlas Shrugged chronicles the life, ideology and writings of the most famous Libertarian writer, and it examines her seminal book in detail. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Ayn Rand and her magnum opus like you never have before.
The Life and Legacy of the Author and Book
Author: Charles River Editors
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform