Rand eloquently asserts that one cannot create art without infusing it with one's own value judgments and personal philosophy - even an attempt to withhold moral overtones only results in a deterministic or naturalistic message. Because the moral influence of art is inescapable, she argues, art should always strive to elevate the human spirit.
The Romantic Manifesto takes its place beside The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as one of the most important achievements of our time.
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The Good...Ayn on Art is as clear, specific and interesting as her other works, only now it is on art. THink of it as reverse Toohey. This is the philosophy behind the creation of fountainhead and atlas. As someone who has studied the philosophy of art, I highly recommend it. Unlike most in that field, she actually has something to say and says it with the aim of you understanding. It is surprisingly relevant to understanding art today. If you are a writer or artist this is a must.
The Bad...narrator moves a little slowly. It's good for digestion, but less fluid than a casual read.
Art explained rationally.
Insight about sense of life
The Goal of My Writing
The final verison of Roark is much stronger than the attempted version.
The part on literature is the best, which is about 3/5 of the book by length. The part on music and dance is the worst, which is about 1/5 of the book by length. The rest part of the book is on paintings which is OK. You will need to have read "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" both by Ayn Rand to better appreciate this "Romantic Manifesto" which uses the former two as examples on many occasions.
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