Art of Fiction A Guide for Writers and Readers

ISBN-10: 0452281547

ISBN-13: 9780452281547

Edition: 2000

Authors: Ayn Rand, Tore Boeckmann, Leonard Peikoff

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in 1958, by popular demand, Ayn Rand gave an informal course on the art of fiction to a group of friends and acquaintances. Using only a few handwritten notes over the course of 12 sessions, the legendary author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged covered all the essentials of writing and reading fiction. Now, for the first time, the edited transcripts of these remarkable sessions are available to aspiring writers and readers. Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterisation and style - the 4 essential elements of fiction. She explains why all works of fiction express a specific code of values, and provides fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating sentence-by-sentence analyses of passages from writers like Victor Hugo and Thomas Wolfe. Concise and accessible, this is an invaluable gift from one of our most enduring authors and an indispensable resource for all lovers of literature.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

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.

Editor's Preface
Writing and the Subconscious
Literature as an Art Form
Theme and Plot
The Plot-Theme
The Climax
How to Develop a Plot Ability
Concretize Your Abstractions
Think in Terms of Conflict
Tap Your Emotions
Style I: Depictions of Love
from Atlas Shrugged
from Notre-Dame de Paris
from Of Time and the River
from Arrowsmith
from Star Money
from By Love Possessed
Style II: Descriptions of Nature and of New York
from Atlas Shrugged
from Seven Gothic Tales
from The Fountainhead
from Atlas Shrugged
from One Lonely Night
from The Web and the Rock
Naturalistic Description
Analysis of "A Letter on Style"
Particular Issues of Style
Narrative versus Dramatization
Foreign Words
Journalistic References
Special Forms of Literature
Tragedy and the Projection of Negatives
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