Atlas Shrugged

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Robert James Bidinotto

Atlas Shrugged as Literature

Atlas Shrugged as Literature

One day in the 1940’s, a young reporter asked Ayn Rand about the new novel he heard that she was planning. She replied: “It will combine metaphysics, morality, economics, politics, and sex – and it will show the tie between metaphysics and economics.”

Atlas Shrugged Changed My Life

Atlas Shrugged Changed My Life

Exactly forty years ago, this month, I was contemplating the tattered wreckage of my college career. 

And The Book was responsible. 

Atlas Shrugged Plot Synopsis

Atlas Shrugged Plot Synopsis

Background

Atlas Shrugged is structured in three major parts, each of which consists of ten chapters. The parts and chapters are named, and the titles typically suggest multiple layers of meaning and implication.

Atlas Shrugged Timeline

Atlas Shrugged Timeline

Explanatory Note: Scholars, students, and fans of Ayn Rand’s masterwork, Atlas Shrugged, often find it difficult to grasp the complex details of its plot, and to find temporal reference points for key events and relationships among its many characters. For their benefit, then, I have prepared this timeline of the key events that are depicted, or alluded to, in the novel.

Atlas Shrugged: Cast of Characters

Atlas Shrugged: Cast of Characters

This selective listing includes the novel's more noteworthy characters.
 
Akston, Dr. Hugh

Atlas Shrugs in Venezuela

Atlas Shrugs in Venezuela

March 2007 -- The late novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand once said that she wrote her last novel, Atlas Shrugged, “to keep it from becoming prophetic."

Based on recent news reports, she may not have succeeded.

Synopsis of the Plot of Atlas Shrugged

Synopsis of the Plot of Atlas Shrugged

Background

Atlas Shrugged is structured in three major parts, each of which consists of ten chapters. The parts and chapters are named, and the titles typically suggest multiple layers of meaning and implication.

The Revolutionary Philosophy of Atlas Shrugged

The Revolutionary Philosophy of Atlas Shrugged

One evening after the publication of The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand was on the phone, discussing her disappointment over early sales with author Isabel Paterson. Paterson suggested that Rand stop trying to offer her radical ideas in fictional form, and instead write a nonfiction treatise. Rand disagreed.