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Ayn Rand: Theory versus Creative Life

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07/30/2014Stephen D. Cox

Ayn Rand occupies a curious position among American novelists: Both her friendly and her hostile critics scarcely regard her as a novelist at all. As an imaginative writer as well as a systematic philosopher, Rand achieved a strikingly unusual combination of roles; her political and moral theories, however, engross virtually all the analytical attention given her work, while the quality of her imaginative writing is almost entirely ignored.

Volume 8, Number 1 (1986)


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Stephen Cox is professor of literature and director of the humanities program at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of "The Stranger Within Thee": Concepts of the Self in Late Eighteenth-Century Literature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980); Love and Logic: The Evolution of Blake's Thought (University of Michigan Press, 1992); The Titanic Story (Open Court, 1999); The Woman and the Dynamo: Isabel Paterson and the Idea of America (Transaction, 2004); The New Testament and Literature (Open Court, 2006); and The Big House: Image and Reality of the American Prison (Yale University Press, 2009).

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Cox, Stephen. "Ayn Rand: Theory versus Creative Life." Journal of Libertarian Studies 8, No. 1 (1986): 19–29.