APRIL 18, 2011

Ayn Rand Archives comes to Facebook

IRVINE, Calif. – “‘Atlas Shrugged’ and Its Ideas,” an innovative online manuscript exhibit on Facebook, launched this week as the latest public programming of the Ayn Rand Archives, a special collection of the Ayn Rand Institute. The exhibit features 15 high-resolution reproductions of handwritten pages selected from the manuscript of Rand’s controversial novel, including commentary by exhibit curator Jeff Britting. Twelve of the 15 manuscript pages are published for the first time.

The exhibit, which will run in conjunction with the forthcoming theatrical film release of “Atlas Shrugged: Part One,” appears amidst the enduring--and rising--interest in Rand’s 1957 novel.  The exhibit combines social media and museum practice--creating worldwide viewing and commenting opportunity.

“The use of social media as an exhibit venue is a natural marriage of Rand’s provocative views and modern information technology,” says Britting, archivist at the Ayn Rand Institute.

View “‘Atlas Shrugged’ and Its Ideas” on the "Atlas Shrugged" Facebook page.

Jeff Britting is archivist of the Ayn Rand Archives at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the author of the biography “Ayn Rand” (Overlook Press, 2005). His "Adapting Atlas Shrugged to Film" is included in “Essays on Ayn Rand's ‘Atlas Shrugged’” (Lexington Books, 2009). Mr. Britting developed and associate-produced both the Academy Award™-nominated documentary feature “Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life” (Strand Releasing, 1997) and the first stage production of Rand’s play “Ideal” (1989). He recently adapted Rand’s novel “Anthem” for Austin Shakespeare (2011).

For more information on Objectivism’s unique point of view, go to ARI’s website. The Ayn Rand Institute promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”