“The basic purpose of art is not to teach, but to show—to hold up to man a concretized image of his nature and his place in the universe": First Edition of Ayn Rand's The Romantic Manifesto; Signed by Her

  • The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature.

The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature.


Item Number: 79876

New York: The World Publishing Company, 1969.

First edition of this collection of essays regarding the nature of art. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Tom Lincoln.

Ayn Rand argues that objective standards in art are possible because art is not a subjective luxury, but rather a critical need of human life—not a material need, but a need of man’s rational mind, the faculty on which his material survival depends. 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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