- Published: 1971
- Number of pages: 208 pages
- Format: EPUB
- File Size: 0.21 MB
- Authors: Ayn Rand
In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned book, Ayn Rand throws a new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again Miss Rand eloquently demonstrates her refusal to let popular catchwords and conventional ideas stand between her and the truth as she has discovered it. The Romantic Manifesto takes its place beside The Fountainhead as one of the most important achievements of our time.
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⭐When I was in college, I made a decision to not own a TV. Movies would be an option (my sons and I watched many movies), but I decided that a constant stream of TV pouring into the room felt like it was somehow making me less. I’ve always been a movie buff, but I like to GO to the movies and also liked it better when I had to drive to Block Busters and pick something out—in the same way not having junk food in my house makes it easier for me to stay lean, just not having a constant stream of TV & movies seemed to make it easier to hold on to the brain cells.Until last week, I had not read a good explanation of what I’ve felt since 40 years ago when I made that decision about TV.Ayn Rand was born and educated in Russia and from that background wrote one of the most influential books in the English language, Atlas Shrugged. From that perspective (knowing what communist Russia looked like), she frequently wrote about the difference between “freedom of the mind” which she saw people dying to achieve in Russia, and “freedom from the mind” which she saw in the drugs and pop culture of the ’60s.Her Romantic Manifesto contrasts these two ideas in the area of art.She also, maybe, more importantly, talks about why we need art.I’m a fan of Eminem (who can not love his song about mom’s spaghetti being vomited when he’s nervous about his big chance) and other rappers, as well as a fan of Beethoven–so I’m puzzled by my choices. What IS art and how is it made and how do we choose what to consume?Rand’s book the Romantic Manifesto is helping me sort it out (at 61 years old, I still don’t claim to have the riddle solved)
⭐The best Book on art !It actually give you a definition of art( it’s obviously not universally accepted) but should be
⭐I think that Ayn Rand’s greatest contribution to art is the idea that art is the product of philosophy. What we believe and what he hold dear is what makes up the sum and substance of our art. Furthermore, art affirms our philosophy,. In this way, she bridges the gap between truth and beauty. We hold the beautiful to be beautiful because it is true.Sadly, Any Rand is one of the few artists that has a coherent philosophy. Others include J. R. R. Tolkien (Catholic), C. S. Lewis (Anglican), Steven Spielberg (Jewish), and Orson Scott Card (Mormonism). The reason why I find myself gravitating to these artists is that they believe something, and it is their passion that shows through.But as Rand points out, it is not just passion, but a specific passion about humanity and human potential. Having slogged my way through “Atlas Shrugged,” I believe that Rand is correct. It is a character’s ethics and values that drive them. We want to believe, and these characters that achieve-be it Frodo, Peter and Lucy, or Ender Wiggam–affirm our belief.This book is great text on aesthetic theory, but it should be read after reading “Philosophy–Who Needs it? Rand does her usual lucid, concise, and very intelligible job of explaining her philosophy, and connecting it to art. And, of course, Nick Gaetanos’ robust cover art is worth the price of the book.
⭐I had always wondered why struggling through ‘great’ literature was so painful – dating all the way back to college days. The ‘Great Books’ and ‘Classics’ left me cold and I even bought college level courses taught by ‘The best university professors in the country’ (according to the promoters) to try to understand why I was so often left feeling like a sucker after enduring one of those.Ms Rand posits that conventional literature is absent the Romantic Hero, and that clearly explains to me why the usual literature is so dreadful. The guy who takes risks for a reward, who plans his work and works his plan is the hallmark of Romantic literature’s hero. This is distinct from currently modern suspense, chase scenes, mindless sex, and some evil government agency financing the action going on in the novel, etc. as well as characters who are ‘caught in a web’ of determinism that is modern literary fare.She also treats modern art in the same style by showing its underlying ugliness in a tightly reasoned manner.For those who once slept through a literature class in college or high school, this book will explain why you sat there dazed after having spent good money to take the course because of the fable, ‘educated people are conversant in the Great Books.’Cecil Williams
⭐Antidote to pathological portrayal of love & romance in far too much of American media, literature & films.Ayn definitely had her flaws, yet her objectivist vision remains clear & stands above all the rest of the philosophical crap pushed in most schools today.
⭐The book is a compilation of articles on art, which originally appeared in the Sixties in Rand and Branden’s magazine, “The Objectivist.”In my opinion, Rand’s The Fountainhead (1943)–in terms of characterization, plot development, and the dramatic conflict of opposing values–may be the best novel ever written. In her youth, in preparation for a literary career, she had intensively studied the craft of the 19th century masters Victor Hugo and Dostoevsky–and was to surpass them.But, as to her later efforts to systematize her insights and views into a comprehensive philosophy Objectivism–mixed results (especially in this compilation). The articles on literature and the art of writing remain provocative and relevant–especially these days, when novel-writing has reached an anything-goes nadir. But the “Bootleg Romanticism” piece should have been deleted from the latest edition (her claims for the value of Mickey Spillane and such are an embarrassment). “Art and Cognition” as well: she strives, unconvincingly, to give her uninformed opinions on paintings and music the weight of theory.
⭐A must to understand Rand’s thinking
⭐Excellent novel. My love loves Ayn Rand and really enjoyed reading this novel. He recommends!
⭐Unlike the other four branches (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics) of her philosophy of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s aesthetics did not receive much attention in her life-time and have not received much since her death either. This is a shame, as she had much of value to say about art, whose disastrous state in the modern world reflects and indeed is caused by the disastrous state of modern human thought in general. Chaos is the new conformity, and indeed even something such as having an objective definition of art, as Rand does, is likely to scandalize those of us who are used to the sight of splattered paint and dishevelled bedding. Soon there will be no more people left who remember a time before deliberately bad art and even non-art became the norm, which is why this collection of Rand’s essays on art deserves more attention as the years go by.
⭐This was the first philosophical book I had ever really read as an adult; and it struck a nerve greatly with me. As a musician and lover of many art forms, I related greatly to what Rand discusses in terms of the meaning of art in human life; and in many ways I had previously tried to create my own definitions on the meanings of art, in which a lot was similar to Rand’s philosophy in this book. Although it is not the lightest of reading, it is also not too complicated or difficult to understand and in many ways was a real page-turner for me. Anyone writing dissertations or essays on art would greatly benefit from reading this book, as well as any artist, musician or writer for example, who is interested in a perspective on why we as humans may create art and what it all means even in todays world. I am looking forward to reading more by Ayn Rand in the near future.
⭐I like reading her strong opinions and her original ideas. I did not think her mind open enough toward some forms of art. But she is typical Ayn Rand in her writing a little in love with her own cleverness. Nonetheless I enjoy reading her work.
⭐There are not many books on the philosophy of aesthetics but there are even fewer descent ones on the topic.I have to say that this small thesis is magnificent and it is an impressive addition to the theory of art, beauty and taste.Rand argues that Romantic Realism can offer mankind the image of a paradigm greater than what is. She suggests that this is the basis of our political emancipation…and well you’ll have to read the rest yourself.
⭐The only Art book anyone needs to read
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