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'I had to throw off the shadows of Samuel Johnson's perfection before I could write. But they have not left me. Often I feel their tug as I struggle to craft a sentence.'
'Advice from tutors is usually sound because they are thinking about the craft; advice from publishers is frequently disastrous because they are thinking about the market; reviewers are thinking about their reputation.'
Few people in Europe even know how to pronounce her name. But on the other side of the Atlantic Ayn Rand is more than a cult novelist, she is a cult figure — a totem for ultra-conservative free-marketeers. Anita Mason explores how Rand’s lurid popular novels helped establish a powerful economic and political movement.
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