Essays on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

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Robert Mayhew
Lexington Books, 2007 - Literary Collections - 349 pages
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Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is still remembered and enjoyed today as the philosopher's first best-selling novel. In this unique study of The Fountainhead, Dr. Robert Mayhew brings together historical, literary, and philosophical essays that analyze the novel's style, its use of humor, and its virtues of productivity, independence, and integrity. The essays make extensive use of previously unpublished material from the Ayn Rand Archives, offering a new collection of material to explore and consider. This book leads through the creation, publication, and reception of the 1943 novel that made Rand famous. Mayhew's collection of essays offers an insightful and critical perspective on the much regarded novel, and is a necessary read for anyone interested in Ayn Rand and great American literature.
  

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Contents

The Fountainhead from Notebook to Novel The Composition of Ayn Rands First Ideal Man
3
Howard Roark and Frank Lloyd Wright
41
Publishing The Fountainhead
65
The Fountainhead Reviews
77
Adapting The Fountainhead to Film
87
THE FOUNTAINHEAD AS LITERATURE AND AS PHILOSOPHY
117
The Fountainhead as a Romantic Novel
119
What Might Be and Ought to Be Aristotles Poetics and The Fountainhead
155
The Fountainhead and the Spirit of Youth
227
The Basic Motivation of the Creators and the Masses in The Fountainhead
243
Unborrowed Vision Independence and Egoism in The Fountainhead
285
Roarks Integrity
305
A Moral Dynamiting
313
An Interview with Leonard Peikoff
325
Select Bibliography
337
Index
339

Three Inspirations for the Ideal Man
177
Understanding the Rape Scene in The Fountainhead
201
Humor in The Fountainhead
209
About the Contributors
347
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Robert Mayhew is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University.

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