Anthem: ‘38 and ‘46
Jul 10, 2004
Ayn Rand’s novella, Anthem, was originally published in 1938, in England. Its first publication in the United States, however, was not until 1946, after the appearance of The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand made hundreds of changes in preparing this revised edition, many of them very interesting. In this lecture Dr. Mayhew investigates the kinds of revisions she made, with special emphasis on (1) stylistic changes, (2) revisions made to avoid unwanted philosophical implications and (3) passages which, in the original, seem to reflect the influence of Friedrich Nietzsche.