Anthem by Ayn RandAnthem by Ayn Rand


byAyn RandIntroduction byLeonard Peikoff

Mass Market Paperback | March 1, 1996


Anthem is Ayn Rand’s classic tale of a dystopian future of the great “We”—a world that deprives individuals of a name or independence—that anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

They existed only to serve the state. They were conceived in controlled Palaces of Mating. They died in the Home of the Useless. From cradle to grave, the crowd was one—the great WE.

In all that was left of humanity there was only one man who dared to think, seek, and love. He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world, he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization, he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: He had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone. He had rediscovered the lost and holy word—I.

“I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.”—Ayn Rand
Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosoph...
Title:AnthemFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.71 inShipping dimensions:6.75 × 4.19 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451191137

ISBN - 13:9780451191137


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting In my school library I found this book, and it was a nice short read. The world is something new (that I haven't read before), and I would personally love an epilogue to know what happens next (I'm very invested in this book).
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from captivating Defiantly enjoyed reading this novel. It was however very short but all in all something you wouldn't regret reading.
Date published: 2013-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Cool read this book back in 04 highschool, took me long enough to write a review. Cool concept
Date published: 2010-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strangely Endearing When I was assigned to read this book for school, I wasn't sure what to expect since I'd heard mixed reviews for 'The Fountainhead', which is also by Ayn Rand. However, the first line of 'Anthem' immediately gripped my attention and pulled me in . "It is a sin to write this," it said, and obviously I wanted to know why. Though the book itself is pretty short, I found myself becoming close to the protagonist of the story. His journey in discovering freewill and individuality was inspirational to me, and I wanted him to succeed in his plans at the end of the novel. The world created by Rand was also a great part of the story, for it really allows a person to appreciate not only their own uniqueness, but that of everyone else. How boring a world we would live in if everyone thought exactly the same. Overall, I viewed 'Anthem' to be a story of hope, love, and self discovery that was extremely well written.
Date published: 2009-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! Though I do not agree completely on Ayn Rand's point of vue, the story itself is captivating and very, very interesting! I simply couldn't put the book down. All and all, this is a very good read.
Date published: 2005-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Tied with her other novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, and Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, this is truly one of the four greatest books ever written. If you're literate, buy and read this novel.
Date published: 2005-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ayn Rand's Early Genius As one of her earliest works, Rand has not quite honed her skill as a writer in Anthem. Her philosophy, however, is still as mind-blowing and thought provoking as in her more recognized works, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. I recomment reading these two first. It is better to first become hooked to Rand and understand her philosophy before venturing into this book. This is a shorter work which makes it fairly easy to read as it has fewer long speeches as her other works. Her characters are still easy to relate to and fall in love with (or hate).
Date published: 2004-08-31

From Our Editors

In a future where there is no love, no science, and everyone is equal and of one entity, one man defies the group to be his own person. That is a serious offense.