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"Now in a completely revised, updated, and expanded edition, Mimi Gladstein's ^IThe New Ayn Rand Companion^R continues to be a critically important, essential guide to the life and works of author/philosopher Ayn Rand….a must for all serious students of her writings."

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 2 edition (August 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313303215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313303210
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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35 of 47 people found the following review helpful By David M. Brown on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The first edition of this book was published within a couple years of Rand's death, so there is much updating to be done (although that earlier edition did benefit from a preview of Barbara Branden's biography of Rand, then still in progress). In addition to The Passion of Ayn Rand, many of Rand's private journals and letters have now been published, and a number of important secondary sources as well, such as Chris Matthew Sciabarra's full-throttle philosophical and historical study Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical. Almost every work of significance pertaining to Rand is described or at least mentioned, making this volume a reference of first resort for Rand studies.
What's covered here? Let Gladstein answer: "The organization of this Companion follows a logical heuristic: Who? What? and So what? 'Who is Ayn Rand?' is the question answered partly by the brief biographical chapter. The main body of this book, however, responds to the question, 'What has she written?' That is covered in the chapters on her fiction, her nonfiction, and in the compendium of characters. 'So what?' is the question that calls for critical reaction and that is provided in the chapter on criticism."
The author also provides a comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Rand. Even such obscure pieces as David M. Brown's hitherto unheralded survey of "The Critics of Barbara Branden" (published in the May 1988 issue of Liberty magazine) are included.
Gladstein has much that is both positive and on-point to say about Rand's character, her fiction, her nonfiction, and the various critical assessments of her work. She doesn't shy away from negative judgments when such are appropriate, either.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2000
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Now in a completely revised, updated, and expanded edition, Mimi Gladstein's The New Ayn Rand Companion continues to be a critically important, essential guide to the life and works of author/philosopher Ayn Rand. Gladstein chronicles and summarizes Rand's writings, presents information about her national and global impact (and the response to it) and provides the most comprehensive bibliography published to date. Gladstein is neither an Ayn Rand enthusiast or detractor and therefore takes a scrupulous, scholarly, methodical, and emotionally neutral approach to her meticulous research as she covers the complete Rand corpus. New materials about Rand's posthumous publications, the latest biographical information, and summaries of books and articles about Rand published since her death have been added to make The New Ayn Rand Companion a "must" for all serious students of her writings.
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12 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William Bucko on September 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Scholarly? I think not. I looked up a reference to myself on page 19: and this alleged "scholar" did not trouble to ask herself how a French-Canadian politician born in the 1930s, Maurice Champagne-Gilbert, could have authored a French children's adventure story first published in 1914 ("La vallee mysterieuse," which I translated). (In fact the story was written by Maurice Champagne, 1868-1951.) If she makes a careless mistake like that (which could have been avoided by simply reading the front cover, or opening the book and glancing at the front matter), what other mistakes has she made?

That she relied on the "assistance" of either Nathaniel or Barbara Branden hardly inspires confidence. The Brandens are about as objective about Ayn Rand as Hitler was about the Jews; though fortunately their unscholarly pseudo-histories have been fully exposed in James Valiant's "The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics."

There may be some value in compiling a list of absolutely everything that's been written about an author. But I doubt it ... especially in this case, given that most of Ayn Rand's critics either have an ax to grind, or don't think there's an objective reality.
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