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Publisher's Summary

In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, Rand demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let conventional ideas define her sense of the truth.

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.

©1971 The Objectivist, Inc. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Mica
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 07-15-08

Essential AYN

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.

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I love Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is my favorite author. I hold the world record for the number of times listened to. damn near have it memorized.

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This is Rand being a 'thinker' - here thinking about a topic other than her usual politics.

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insightful, lucid, profound exploration of art

Chapter by chapter, step-by-step, Ayn Rand systematically elucidates CSN of human Artistic Endeavors has the Concord ization human philosophical ideas not as a didactic exercise, but the creation of a world to which you would want to belong.

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This is a bomb

Her ideology is very hard to contradict, even though the average person may find it somewhat hard to live by. Her philosophy on human existence is worth striving for.

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  • Anthony
  • Old Bridge, NJ, United States
  • 05-24-14

Understanding Art

Would you consider the audio edition of The Romantic Manifesto to be better than the print version?

Yes. Certain topics can be tough to navigate by text. Hearing it clearly and quickly i imagine will help with understanding some of the complexities involved in this philosophy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ayn Rand of course.

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. She was enjoyable.

If you could give The Romantic Manifesto a new subtitle, what would it be?

What Art Could Be

Any additional comments?

I dont know much in the area of the arts, but this book made me feel like i could still relate to it. why art is essential to man's existence and how the quality and consideration of what art is and can be should strive to convey real world meaning and validity yet present an idealized version of life as an artistic vision of what to strive for. I would be interested in hearing classically taught artists view on the subjects in this work. Rand maintains Art is not or should not be relative subjective hodgepodge but universal focused intention.

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  • Robert
  • United States
  • 02-13-12

Excellent art analysis of art, done artfully.

If you could sum up The Romantic Manifesto in three words, what would they be?

Art explained rationally.

What did you like best about this story?

Insight about sense of life

Which scene was your favorite?

The Goal of My Writing

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final verison of Roark is much stronger than the attempted version.

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  • Xueshu
  • Sycamore, IL, USA
  • 07-17-10

Good book . . .

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.