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Anthem, by Ayn Rand

Label
Anthem
Title
Anthem
Statement of responsibility
by Ayn Rand
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. In a future where there is no love, no science, and everyone is equal and of one entity, one man defies the group to be his own person. That is a serious offense. Written with all the power and conviction that made The Fountainhead a classic of American letters, Ayn Rand's Anthem is a hymn to man's independent spirit and to the highest word in the human language - "Ego." First written in 1937, Anthem was published in England, but was refused in publication in America, for reason which the reader might discover by reading it for himself. In 1946, it appeared as a pamphlet, issued by Pamphleteers, Inc., of Los Angeles. This is its first American publication in regular book form. Anthem tells the story of a man who rediscovers the individualism and his own "I" - in a world of absolute collectivization, a world where sightless, joyless, selfless men exist for the sake of serving the State; where their work, their food and their mating are prescribed to them by order of the Collective's rulers in the name of society's welfare - a world which has lost all the achievements of science and civilization, when it lost their root, the independent mind, and has reverted to primitive savagery - a world where language contains no singular pronouns, where the "We" has replaced the "I, " and where men are put to death for the crime of discovering and speaking the "unspeakable word." The story tells of one man who rebelled, of his struggle and his victory. Assigned to the life work of street sweeper by the rulers who resented his brilliant, questioning, unsubmissive mind - he becomes a scientist, secretly, risking his life for the sake of his quest for knowledge. In the midst of collective stagnation, where men toil at manual labor by the light of candles - he discovers electricity. In the midst of eugenic planning and State-controlled Palaces of Mating - he discovers a personal love and a woman of his own choice. In the midst of brutal morality which proclaims that man is only a sacrificial animal to the needs of others - he discovers that man's greatest moral duty is the pursuit of his own happiness. He endures danger, denunciation, imprisonment, torture - but he breaks the chains of the Collective, he escapes with the woman he loves, to start a new life in an uncharted wilderness, and he reaches the day when he is able to predict that "my home will become the capital of a world where each man will be free to exist for his own sake. "Anthem presents not merely a frightening projection of existing trends, but, more importantly, a positive answer to those trends and a weapon against them, a key to the world's moral crisis and to a new morality of individualism - a morality which, if accepted today, will save us from a future such as the one presented in this story
Cataloging source
IHI
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Rand, Ayn
Dewey number
813/.52
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3535.A54
LC item number
A628 1995
Literary form
fiction
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Peikoff, Leonard
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  • Man-woman relationships
  • Men
  • Individuality
  • Time travel
Target audience
adult
Label
Anthem, by Ayn Rand
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Also includes a facsimile of the original English edition, published in 1938, with the author's editorial changes for the American edition in her own hand
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
  • Expanded 50th anniversary edition /
  • with a new introduction and appendix by Leonard Peikoff.
Extent
xvi, 253 pages
Isbn
9780451191137
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm43722746
  • (Sirsi) o43722746
  • (OCoLC)43722746
Label
Anthem, by Ayn Rand
Publication
Note
Also includes a facsimile of the original English edition, published in 1938, with the author's editorial changes for the American edition in her own hand
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
  • Expanded 50th anniversary edition /
  • with a new introduction and appendix by Leonard Peikoff.
Extent
xvi, 253 pages
Isbn
9780451191137
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm43722746
  • (Sirsi) o43722746
  • (OCoLC)43722746

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