We the Living (1936)
“Ayn Rand’s first published novel, a timeless story that explores the struggles of the individual against the state in Soviet Russia. First published in 1936, We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman’s passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.”
“Anthem is Ayn Rand’s classic tale of a dystopian future of the great “We”—a world that deprives individuals of a name or independence—that anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.”
The Fountainhead (1943)
“This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite…of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy…and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress.”
Atlas Shrugged (1957)
“Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.”
The Romantic Manifesto (1969)
“Art is a selective re-creation of reality based on the artist’s metaphysical value-judgments.”
The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers (2000)
Edited by Tore Boeckmann
“In 1958 Ayn Rand gave a series of extemporaneous lectures, to a handful of people in her living room, on the nature of fiction. This book is the edited transcript of those sessions. Miss Rand presents her distinctively enlightening views, as she explains the four essential elements of fiction: plot, theme, characterization and style. The book offers Ayn Rand’s incisive analysis of her own works as well as those of other famous authors, such as Victor Hugo, Sinclair Lewis and Thomas Wolfe. This is an invaluable work for any reader or writer of fiction.”
Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters by Andrew Bernstein
What heroes are and why mankind needs them.
Discovering Great Plays: As Literature and as Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff
Discovering Great Plays provides the ability to understand, judge and savor the values offered by great drama. Plays discussed include: Antigone by Sophocles; Othello by Shakespeare; Le Cid by Corneille; Don Carlos by Schiller; An Enemy of the People by Ibsen; Saint Joan by Shaw; Monna Vanna by Maeterlinck, and Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand.