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(RAND, Ayn.)

The full run of Ayn Rand's Objectivist periodicals:...

The Objectivist Newsletter, vols. I-IV; The Objectivist, vols. V-X [sequence continuing from the Newsletter]; The Ayn Rand Letter, vols. I-IV. Together with 9 Objectivist pamphlets.

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Published: New York The Objectivist, Inc., 1965-1976

Stock Code: 132885

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The complete run of Ayn Rand's non-fiction periodicals, aiming to disseminate her philosophy among her disciples, with contributions from her and her acolytes, including Nathaniel Branden, Leonard Peikoff, and Alan Greenspan. The Objectivist Newsletter is the casebound collected edition, printed in 1965 following publication in the original parts from 1962 to 1965; all the other parts are the original issues, subsequently bound together, together with a selection of the essays and lectures in pamphlet form that were published separately. With no more fiction forthcoming after Atlas Shrugged (1957), her periodicals were the project to which Rand devoted most of her creative energy; her non-fiction books were mostly derived from gathering together her articles from her periodicals.
The run of her periodicals also unintentionally illustrates her split with her right-hand man, Nathaniel Branden, initially listed as the co-editor with Rand, but whom invoked Rand's anger after he ended their love affair and revealed his affair with another woman. The split with Branden occurred after Vol. VII no. IV of the Objectivist; no. V follows with an 8-page preface by Rand, declaring that Branden was no longer connected with her periodical or her philosophy, and over eight pages criticizes his character and his psychological contradictions to such an extent that she declares he should have chosen Existentialism over Objectivism, the greatest insult that Rand could give. Branden was publishing some of the pamphlets with his own imprint, and consequently some of the essays here included have the imprint "A Publication of the Nathaniel Branden Institute", crossed out and over-stamped "The Objectivist, Inc".
Overall this is a nice set of the periodicals of Rand's intellectual movement which, though often ostracized from universities and the highbrow media, easily ranks among the most influential philosophical projects of the 20th century. It is increasingly difficult to acquire the full run of the periodicals, partly as sets are normally sold incomplete, but also because individuals often joined the movement later, or failed to stick through the eleven-year publication, and consequently failed to bring together the full run.

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8 volumes, quarto (varying sizes). Original green cloth (The Objectivist Newsletter), original green wrappers bound into green cloth folders (The Objectivist), without wrappers as issued bound into black cloth folders (The Ayn Rand Letter), original plain printed paper wrappers bound into blue cloth folder (assorted pamphlets).


Bindings a little soiled and shaken, clasps in Ayn Rand Letter folder rusty and holding the sheets tightly, occasional light soiling and tape residue to pages, but generally clean. A very good set.


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