Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography. . . . Formerly we used to canonise our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarise them. —Oscar Wilde, “The Critic as Artist” (1891) Ayn Rand (1905–1982) was a great novelist...
Robert Mayhew is Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University. He is the author of Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s Republic, The Female in Aristotle’s Biology, and Ayn Rand and Song of Russia, and the editor of a number of works by or about Ayn Rand, including most recently Essays on Ayn Rand’s Anthem and (forthcoming) Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q&A.
Ayn Rand was ridiculed and derided for years by journalists like Victor Navasky for her evaluation of Song of Russia. But she was completely correct.