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Out of a Grey Fog : The Reception of Ayn Rand's Work in Europe

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abstract Ayn Rand (1905-1982) is a household name in the United States, but even at the height of her career in the 1960s her work was hardly available or read in Continental Europe. Translations of even her most successful novels would only be printed after her death, since, previously, potential publishers and Rand’s agents could not get her work translated for reasons both economic, legal and personal, that is, due to Ayn Rand’s personal principles that precluded certain arrangements. Since then, however, her work has become more widely disseminated, with the long awaited French translation of Atlas Shrugged (orig. 1957) finally available and the publication of completely revised German language editions of all of her four novels. Although it would be exaggerated to speak of a surge of European interest in Ayn Rand’s work, it has indeed received more media attention, not least due to her influence on the Tea Party movement and its activists as well as on American high-profile politicians and businessmen.

This paper analyzes the reception of Ayn Rand’s work in Western Europe, specifically in francophone and German-speaking Europe and in Spain, retracing the more recent discussion of her work and influence.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Ayn Rand; libertarianism; Objectivism; Tea Party movement; American politics
   
name of conference 37th Annual Meeting Histories of Social Science History Association SSHA (Vancouver, Canada)
date of conference 4-11-2012
title of proceedings Women, Gender and Sexuality
page(s) 30
publisher SSHA (Chicago)
review external review
   
citation Brühwiler, C. F. (2012). Out of a Grey Fog: The Reception of Ayn Rand's Work in Europe. In Women, Gender and Sexuality, pp.30. Chicago: SSHA.