Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is still remembered and enjoyed today as the philosopher's first best-selling novel. In this unique study of The Fountainhead, Dr. Robert Mayhew brings together historical, literary, and philosophical essays that analyze the novel's style, its use of humor, and its virtues of productivity, independence, and integrity. The essays make extensive use of previously unpublished material from the Ayn Rand Archives, offering a new collection of material to explore and consider. This book leads through the creation, publication, and reception of the 1943 novel that made Rand famous. Mayhew's collection of essays offers an insightful and critical perspective on the much regarded novel, and is a necessary read for anyone interested in Ayn Rand and great American literature.
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Robert Mayhew is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University.Review:
Not only is Dr. Mayhew's book the first compilation of scholarly essays on Ayn Rand's classic novel The Fountainhead, it also contains some brilliant work and insights of many of the top Ayn Rand scholars working today. I'm very excited to see that The Fountainhead-one of the greatest and most popular novels of the 20th century-is now receiving the kind of scholarly attention that it clearly deserves. (Yaron Brook, President and Executive Director, The Ayn Rand Institute)
Whether you are interested in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead as a cultural phenomenon, a literary creation or a philosophical manifesto, this collection of essays illuminates it with insights, large and small, on every page. It has given me a deeper appreciation for every aspect of this great novel and for its author. (James G. Lennox, University of Pittsburgh)
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