Art of Nonfiction A Guide for Writers and Readers

ISBN-10: 0452282314
ISBN-13: 9780452282315
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.35" wide x 7.93" long x 0.45" tall
Weight: 0.396

In The Art of Nonfiction,Ayn Rand takes readers step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the different roles played by the conscious and unconscious minds. She talks about setting thought and truth down on paper; selecting a subject and theme ( "If you have nothing new to say, no matter how brilliantly you can say it, do not do it "); identifying your audience; and navigating the slippery landscape of style ( "Clarity and precision are the only absolutes ").

Ayn Rand, 1905 - 1982 Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was born Alice Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd in 1924, and she came to the United States in 1926 with dreams of becoming a screenwriter. In 1929, she married actor Charles "Frank" O'Connor. After arriving in Hollywood, Rand was spotted by Cecil B. DeMille standing at the gate of his studio and gave her a job as an extra in King of Kings. She also worked as a script reader and a wardrobe girl and, in 1932, she sold Red Pawn to Universal Studios. In the 1950's, she returned to New York City where she hosted a Saturday night group she called "the collective." It was also during this time that Rand received a fan letter from a young man, Nathaniel Branden. She was impressed with his letter, and she wrote him back. Her correspondence with him eventually led to an affair that lasted over a decade. He became her chief spokesperson and codified the principles of her novels into a strict philosophical system (objectivism) and founded an institute bearing his name. Their affair ended in 1968 when Branden got involved with another one of Rand's disciples. According to Rand, people are inherently selfish and act only out of personal interest making a selfish act, a rational one. It is from this belief that her characters play out their lives. Rand's first novel was "We the Living" (1936) and was followed by "Anthem" (1938), "The Fountainhead" (1943), and "Atlas Shrugged" (1957). All four of her novels made the top ten of the controversial list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. On March 6, 1982, Ayn Rand died in her New York City apartment.

Introduction
Editor's Preface
Preliminary Remarks
Choosing a Subject and Theme
Judging One's Audience
Applying Philosophy Without Preaching It
Creating an Outline
Writing the Draft: The Primacy of the Subconscious
Editing
Style
Book Reviews and Introductions
Writing a Book
Selecting a Title
Acquiring Ideas for Writing
Selected Outlines Used by Ayn Rand in Writing Articles
Index

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