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''In brief, intimate readings, narrator Bernadette Dunne creates realistic characters with only slight shifts in tone. . . Dunne's voice shifts almost imperceptibly between description and dialogue, and the result is a resonating, unencumbered performance.'' --AudioFile

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''Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.'' --New York Daily Mirror --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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AYN RAND (1905-1982) was born in Russia, graduated from the University of Leningrad, and came to the United States in 1926. She published her first novel in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainheadin 1943, she achieved a spectacular and enduring success and her unique philosophy, objectivism, gained a worldwide following. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Rev Exp edition (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045121465X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214652
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy, Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric Westphal on April 22, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The stories in this book all have the same qualities as the books Ayn Rand wrote during her mature years: that life can and should be an adventure ("Good Copy"), that men have a great capacity for heroism ("Red Pawn"), that no man can escape the consequences of his philosophy ("Think Twice"). If you've been curious about Ayn Rand but hesitant to take on reading one of her large books (Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead) then try reading a couple of these short stories. If you enjoy them, you probably won't be able to wait to get started reading one of her books! If you've already enjoyed reading one of her books, these stories will give you a few more hours to spend with her and her ideas.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John on December 3, 2011
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I find "The Early Ayn Rand" to be well-edited and well-organized with helpful introductions to each work by Leonard Peikoff. The introductions cover not only the immediate works but also the philosophy behind the works, comparable to the ideas in "The Art of Fiction" by Rand but in more concise form.

I disagree with Mr. Peikoff's recommendation to read Rand's novels first and these early works second. A serious thinker who wants to understand Rand and never read anything by her could best understand her philosophy by reading the works in chronological order, starting with "Early Ayn Rand" and ending with her masterpiece "Atlas Shrugged."

Most of the works in the "The Early Ayn Rand" anthology were not intended for publication and therefore are best used to observe the process by which Rand developed her writing skills and her philosophy in steps over several decades. The works begin as short and entertaining theatrical bits but gradually get more philosophical.

Here are the works included:
1920's works
(1) The Husband I Bought - first person with a protagonist who is a woman in love
(2) The Night King - first person with a protagonist who is a male thief
(3) Good Copy - action and romance
(4) Escort - very short
(5) Her Second Career - about the difficulty of succeeding in Hollywood
1930's works
(6) Red Pawn - getting more philosophical now, about the stupidity of self-sacrifice
(7) We the Living (deleted sections) - not so great
(8) Ideal - written as a play, excellent philosophically
(9) Think Twice - written as a play, excellent philosophically
(10) Fountainhead (deleted sections) - excellent, Rourke's old girlfriend Vesta Dunning and their opposing philosophies
1940's work
(11) The Simplest Thing in the World - common human trait of striving to put other people down

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1996
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As the introduction to this book states, it is not meant for the unseasoned reader of Ayn Rand. This book is meant for people who have read Rand's books and are interested in further writings by this masterful writer or insight into the ealy workings of this great mind. As the introduction also states, Rand wrote most of these plays and short stories never meaning for them to be published. Most of them have little philosophic underpinnings outside of the presentation of heroic characters. This book is a wonderful supliment for people who have read and enjoyed Rand's books and revel in the worlds that she creates. At times the plots of the short fiction presented here are a tad simplistic, but they are fun. A good book if you can't get enough of Rand
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wendy J. Pemberton on January 2, 2004
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This collection of literature is absolutely wonderful, so long as you realize that they will not be as polished as Rand's more famous works such as Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead. I still give it five stars because these early works cannot be compared to her later works, as while they still share a similar philosophy, they are not comparable.
That being said, there are stories that will make you cry and smile, and for those of us who enjoy reading literature composed by someone who so valued the human spirit at its best, they are a wealth of insight and enjoyment into Rand's world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Fugo (f1507@yahoo.com) on October 5, 1998
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I have enjoyed every book that Ayn Rand has published, and I was so happy to read her first works. Yes, they were a bit shaky with the grammer and such, but the true brilliance of Rand's idea and beliefs show through. Anyone who has read anything of Ayn Rand should read this as well.
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I bought this collection of short stories in the 80s when it first came out. I found it captivating and memorable. I was thrilled recently to see it is now on Kindle! I try to load my Kindle with short stories and other short reads for toting with me when my current novel is of the heavy, hardbound type. But I find I don't like most short stories. My latest frustration caused me to reminisce about short stories I have enjoyed in the past, and I recalled my pleasure reading the early Ayn Rand. Time for a revisit! My recommendation is that you not skip Leonard Peikoff's intro to each one. He analyzes each work based on the stage Rand was in in developing her philosophy, but more importantly in developing her command of the English language and in perfecting her writing abilities. I always read the intro to each story before and after each story to savor the revelations. I found them fascinating. A note of caution: beware of the first story, "The Husband I Bought". I "awoke" from my absorption in it and found myself at the Y on a stationary bike sobbing noisily. Rather embarrassing.
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