Archive | December 16, 2015

Purgation Insertion

Just noticed today: the most recent edition of We the Living has something new; at the beginning of chapter I.16, the words “THE PURGE,” previously appearing in ordinary typescript, now appear in handwritten form:


I’m guessing that the text is in Rand’s handwriting, borrowed from her original manuscript – I can’t imagine they’d do this otherwise. But there’s no announcement or explanation of the change. (Which, alas, is typical of the Randarchs; more drastic changes than this have previously passed in silence, from the deletion of a section of Rand’s introduction to The Fountainhead discussing Frank O’Connor’s painting Man Also Rises, to the deletion of the original ending of Night of January 16th.)

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