WHEN:
TUESDAY, December 6, 2011 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The First Reviews of Atlas Shrugged: Fair or Foul?
Presented by Warren Van Egmond

ABSTRACT:
In the four months following the initial publication of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in October 1957 thirteen reviews of the book were published in major national newspapers and magazines, including ‘The New York Times,’ ‘Time,’ and ‘Newsweek.’  All were generally negative, some strongly so.  This reportedly put Rand into a depression that lasted for some time, despite the sales success of the book.

What did these initial reviews say?  Were they generally fair to the novel or negative for political reasons?  What explains the long-term success of the novel in spite of the negative early reviews?

Warren will summarize the contents of the reviews and lead a discussion on these questions.

Suggested reading:  The review written by Whittaker Chambers for ‘National Review’ can be read on-line in its entirety at many web sites.  These seem to be the fastest:
http://www.nationalreview.com/author/213286/latest
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/222482/big-sister-watching-you/flashback
http://www.potowmack.org/aynrand.html
http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles2/ChambersAynRand.php

John Chamberlain’s more positive review in ‘The New York Herald Tribune’ can also be found on-line, but with some obstacles:
http://www.bookrags.com/criticism/rand-ayn-19051982_6/
http://www.enotes.com/ayn-rand-criticism/rand-ayn-vol-30/john-chamberlain

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