The Anniversary of an Ayn Rand Classic | The Ayn Rand Institute

The Anniversary of an Ayn Rand Classic

IRVINE, Calif. — This month marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Ayn Rand’s classic novel We the Living. In celebration of this milestone, New American Library is publishing two 75th-anniversary editions in recognition of We the Living’s universal theme of the evil of totalitarianism.

We the Living is Ayn Rand’s first and most autobiographical novel. Set in Soviet Russia, it depicts the struggle of the individual against the state, the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman’s passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.

We the Living has sold over 3 million copies since its first printing in 1936.

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