New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of the first Ayn Rand novel to appear in more than fifty years. Entitled Ideal
, the book will be released simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback on July 7, 2015.
is the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged
. The new book will be a unique volume that includes both the recently rediscovered original novel and Ideal
’s final incarnation as a play. Both versions were written in 1934, when Rand was in her late twenties.
“As the longtime publisher of Ayn Rand’s works, New American Library is excited to continue its successful collaboration with the Rand estate. The arrival of a never-before-seen Ayn Rand novel will thrill dedicated readers and is a true publishing event,” said NAL’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Kara Welsh.
Rand first wrote Ideal
as a novel, but was dissatisfied with the manuscript and shelved it. She then rewrote Ideal
as a stage play. Upon Rand’s death in 1982, philosopher Dr. Leonard Peikoff, the heir to Rand’s estate and founder of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), read the novel for the first time and added it to the Ayn Rand Archives.
In 2012, Richard Ralston, publishing manager at ARI, rediscovered the manuscript while ARI was digitizing the Rand archives and wanted the novel considered for publication. Ralston discussed the idea with Dr. Peikoff who agreed that the original version of Ideal
should be released along with the play (which had previously been published in 2005’s Three Plays
). With both versions of Ideal
included in the new book, readers will be able to compare Rand’s two approaches to the material and consider why she put aside the novel in favor of the dramatization.
“I’ve heard wishful comments over many years from readers wondering if there were other novels in Ayn Rand’s papers. Since there actually was such a novel, I decided it should be reviewed carefully,” said Ralston. “This new edition of Ideal
demonstrates Rand’s understanding of a crucial difference between writing for readers vs. for listeners at a performance.”
follows the beautiful and celebrated screen actress Kay Gonda—a character inspired by real-life movie star Greta Garbo—as she pleads for help from six of her most devoted fans: an upstanding family man, a farmer, an artist, an evangelist, a wealthy playboy, and a lost soul. Gonda tells each that she is wanted by the police for murder and needs to hide. By the end of the night she has tested the integrity of six people who claim that she is their ideal.
Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in Russia and published her first novel, We the Living
, in 1936, after moving to the United States. Her novel Anthem
followed in 1938. Rand achieved her greatest success with the publication of The Fountainhead
(1943) and Atlas Shrugged
(1957). Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, is still widely discussed today and more than 25 million copies of her novels have been Read more...