That disproven story of the Remington Rand typewriter
Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:09 AM
With that being the case, I have created a new web page which places at one convenient URL a documentation-filled (and illustration-filled) resource which should convince all but the most impossible-to-educate proponents of the name-by-typewriter theory. My page is Did a Remington Rand typewriter give Ayn Rand her name? Please be my guest in linking it on any web pages or in any message exchanges where you think it will reach people who would appreciate the facts -- or reach people who won't appreciate the facts but need to doubt what they thought they knew.
Posted 20 September 2010 - 10:03 PM
Now, if she'd chosen Ayn Corona, that would have been a different story.
Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:19 PM
And that's not the only false story about Ayn Rand that is still being circulated.
Still, the false story has turned up repeatedly in profiles of Ayn Rand, even after the published stories had made available the facts that make it clear to any researcher that the name-by-typewriter theory couldn't possibly be true.
As Winston Churchill observed "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Betsy's Law #1 - Reality is the winning side.
Betsy's Law #2 - In the long run you get the kind of friends -- and the kind of enemies -- you deserve.
Posted 20 September 2010 - 11:40 PM
Posted 21 September 2010 - 05:01 AM
... persons not affiliated with the Ayn Rand Institute who complain that they do not receive the respect sometimes accorded to scholars who are affiliated with ARI. Such authors who complain might turn their heads to look into mirrors long enough to notice that they havenít accorded ARI scholars even the modicum of attention it would take to look at their work long enough to spot corrections to errors that pop into their own work.
One of these self-styled "scholars" also claims in her book that the 1914 story I translated, La vallee mysterieuse, was written by a writer born in 1936. Even a glance at the title page of my book (The Mysterious Valley, Atlantean Press, 1994) would have disabused her of this careless error.
But couldn't there be such a world?
It seemed almost too much to hope for. But there was a chance.
from The Outcasts, chapter 10
Posted 08 October 2010 - 12:21 PM
But, having read that Rand chose her new name before leaving Russia, I wonder if she'd come across that name and liked the sound of it, just as she later came across "Ayn" and liked the sound of that. Is there documentation from her for the alternative theory that "Rand" was a play on the Cyrillic letters in "Rosenbaum?"
Let us dedicate ourselves to our dreams, and to our love, and to the things we fashion from them.
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