Saturday, August 23, 2014
Robert "Rewrite" Mayhew will soon be coming out with The Unconquered, with Another Earlier Adaption of We the Living.
In the 1930s, Rand was asked to adapt her first novel, We the Living, for the theatre. We the Living is a story of life in post-revolutionary Russia and Rand's first statement against communism. It was not a commercial success when it was published, but has gone on to sell over 3 million copies.
The first substantial fiction of Rand to appear in over twenty years, this important volume contains two never-before published versions of the play - the first and last versions (the latter entitled The Unconquered). With a preface that places the work in its historical and political context, an essay on the history of the theatrical adaptation by Jeff Britting, the curator of the Ayn Rand Archives, and two alternative endings, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in Rand's philosophy.
Well, let's just say that anything Prof. Mayhew edits should be used with extreme caution. That being said, I enjoyed his collections of essays on Rand's fiction.