The Creation of Ayn Rand’s Ultimate Ideal Man
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Atlas Shrugged, it’s worth further exploration of the novel’s most intriguing question: “Who is John Galt?”
In The Creation of Ayn Rand’s Ultimate Ideal Man: Who Was John Galt?, Shoshana Milgram describes Rand’s earliest thoughts about the character, and examines her preparatory notes and the edited drafts of the manuscript through to the final text of the novel.
Milgram addresses questions, including:
- Why did Rand see Galt as the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition?
- Why did she say that Galt was the “best representative” of the Objectivist ethics?
- What was Rand’s answer to the question: “Who is John Galt?”
Milgram helps you to understand why, after writing Atlas Shrugged, Rand said that she could never hope to create a hero greater than John Galt.
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