One Million Ayn Rand Novels

I’ve only read one Ayn Rand novel – Anthem – but I thought it was awesome. If you are not up for Atlas Shrugged, then Anthem is a good one to get geared up. I found this article and thought it was pretty cool – especially the part where one teacher says “[My students] absolutely LOVED The Fountainhead. Over half of the students who read the novel cite major changes in the way they perceive their roles in their own lives. Many students feel that the novel has a life-changing impact, and several students convince friends in other classes to read the novel, as well.”

IRVINE, CA–With a shipment of 80,000 books in January, the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) has placed more than 1 million copies of Ayn Rand’s novels in the hands of high school teachers and their students across North America.

This astounding number of books has been provided for free by ARI, over the last six years, to high school teachers in the United States and Canada, as part of its mission to promote Ayn Rand’s ideas in today’s culture.

According to Marilee Dragsdahl, ARI’s education manager, “Since we began this program in 2002, we sent teachers about 600,000 copies of Anthem, 400,000 copies of The Fountainhead and 50,000 copies of Atlas Shrugged. To date, 20,000 teachers have received and are using in their classrooms the Ayn Rand novels we sent them.”

Each school year ARI distributes promotional flyers that offer free classroom sets of Ayn Rand’s novels to English and language arts teachers, department heads and principals, as well as selected counselors and high school administrators. “This offer,” said Mrs. Dragsdahl, “is available to both public and private high schools throughout the United States. Through this program, which I have been running since its inception, we estimate that almost 2 million students have read and studied Ayn Rand’s novels.”

“Each teacher who requests these books,” explained Mrs. Dragsdahl, “receives a classroom set of the novels, along with a teacher’s guide, lesson plans and information about ARI’s annual Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged essay contests, which may well be the largest in the United States. We also offer phone and e-mail support to teachers to facilitate their teaching of the books in their classes. The response has been excellent.” (more)

Original Article: One Million Ayn Rand Novels in Classrooms This Year


2 Responses to “One Million Ayn Rand Novels”

  1. 1 DJ
    28 February 2008 at 20:27

    Atlas Shrugged should be mandatory reading for all High School students.

  2. 19 March 2008 at 21:26

    If all you’ve read is Anthem–keep reading. Anthem is a nice novel, but Atlas Shrugged…wow. It’s amazing. Cheers.

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