The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature
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 judgmen...more
I was willing to try her philosophical essays in The Virtue of Selfishness, and I read a couple of her novels as well. But, the zealous condemning of whole branches of art and literature, because it didn't fit with her idea of what art should do? Condemning Dostoyevski and embracing James Bond? Not that there's anything wrong with Ian Flemming, but still.
To make it clear what I'm arguing AGAINST, let me tell you the thesis Rand is arguing in th ...more
Nutshell: person who has read a half dozen novels and no literary theory writes treatise on literary theory.
Opens with an dictionary definition of manifesto, regarding a declaration of intentions by an organization, then promptly states that this manifesto is “not issued in the name of an organization or movement. I speak only for myself” (v). The title is therefore revealed in the preface to be dishonest. We are accordingly off to a standard start in a Rand ...more
As a Christian, I resonate with this. Humanity is not or ...more
Since this is a book about art, I have no objection to judging it by its cover. The cover on my edition (not pictured here) is of some winged Icarus striving up toward the sun. An apt metaphor to put on the front cover, for those who know the Icarus story, because the rest of the book is the long descent to the final *splat*.
I should have put the book down after reading the first page, wherein Rand asserts that aesthetics up un ...more
The same applies to Thomas Wolfe, but I still retain a fondness for him even if I can't manage to get through any of his books anymore. Oh, and Hermann Hesse. I read a lot of Hesse, but the only one I was even remotely tempted to reread was The Gl ...more
Romanticism---is a category of art based on the recognition of the principle that man possesses the faculty of volition. It deals, not with the random trivia of the day, but with t ...more
As I read The Romantic Manifesto all I can think is- "there is no convincing enough argument to promote the grandeur of this book... nothing I could say to others could portray the urgency I feel for them to read this book..."
The description on the back of the book describes "The Romantic Manifesto" as "...one of ...more
Not even once.
That book she disliked at seven years old? Clearly an early, unconscious value-judgment based on her burgeoning worldview. She dislikes it to this day.
Also, who quotes their own books? Who does that? She'll just pop in a passage from "Atlas Shrugged," no big deal, everyone does that, amirite?
But anyway. I kind of like Ayn Rand. Is she a bad person? Maybe. Is her philosophy missing a few key points? Hella yes. Is Object ...more
Overall, this book came off as exactly what I would expect a stereotypical "manifesto" to be - full of negativity to back up the generally negative connotations associated with the word. I enjoy Ayn Rand's no nonsense ideals, but this came of as pompous. Even the word choice was pompous in that I had to question if they even were words, or if Ayn Rand was making up her on lexicon along with her own ...more
Keeping in mind that these essays were written generations before my time, instead of disagreeing in some parts of what she stands for (i.e. photography is not art), I look at them as an abstraction on both creation and appreciation of art. After all, art is a reflection of ...more
The world is full of the mundane and appreciates the ...more
Ponder these words by Rand:
It is imp...more
Rand's view on mankind is simple: Man is an end in himself, and not a means to a great end. It is for that reason why Rand's aestheticism is chiefly rooted in the fundamental obligation to glorify the greatness of m ...more
In The Romantic Manifesto, Rand writes about how she believes that art comes from within every human being, and that it has a great influence on us. In the book, she often talks about how people today don't realize and forget how important art can be to us and how it affects our lives so much. Sh ...more
In The Romantic Manifesto, Rand writes about how she believes that art comes from within every human being, and that it has a great influence on us. In the book, she often talks about how people today don't realize and forget how important art can be to us and how it affects our lives so much. She ...more