'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.'
'I love researching and I sometimes wonder if I choose a subject for a novel so I can read about it.'
'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.'
'And do you think you don't need to learn how to dissect a frog because you have discovered T. S. Eliot? Why do you think that? It's nonsense.'
'Puzzles, mirrors, infinite regressions, paradoxes; these perfectly crafted, erudite stories - despite their appeal to the intellect - grip like a vice.'
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.