Thursday, December 26, 2013
Barbara Branden's Shelf-Sitter
Barbara Branden, Biographer of Ayn Rand, Dies at 84. (The New York Times, 12/25/2013)
What it's all about? Ms. Branden’s biography, “The Passion of Ayn Rand,” published in 1986, four years after Ms. Rand’s death at 77, was a generally admiring portrait. Baring details of a famously guarded émigré’s life, it recounted Ms. Rand’s affluent childhood in Russia, her family’s penury after the Bolshevik Revolution, her self-assurance from an early age about her own greatness, and one revelation that was a bombshell.
LINKcat holdings. (4 out of a possible 51 library locations. Doubtless some copies were weeded.)
Book review: Adam Smith Meets Nietzsche. (The New York Times, 7/6/1986)
Damning with faint praise? It is difficult to accord an important place to Ayn Rand either as a novelist or as a thinker. And yet there is something appealing, even a touch of grandeur, about the figure who emerges from Ms. Branden's somewhat tortured account: