RAND, Ayn (1905-1982). Galley proofs for her interview conducted by Alvin Toffler, published in Playboy, March 1964. Together, 11 galley sheets, stapled, editorial corrections throughout with Murray Fisher's signature in several places, some minor browning with a few nicks at edges.
ORIGINAL GALLEY PROOFS FOR RAND'S INTERVIEW, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER WITH EXTENSIVE CORRECTIONS, DELETIONS, AND INSERTIONS THROUGHOUT, ALL INITIAL-SIGNED BY RAND.
"'Collectivism, as an intellectual power and a moral ideal, is dead. But freedom and individualism, and their political expression, capitalism, have not yet been discovered.' AR" (in Rand's hand, on galley, see below).
[With:] Typed draft for the interview, EACH PAGE AND A FEW CORRECTIONS INITIAL-SIGNED BY RAND, together 39 pages, 4to. -- Another typed draft of the interview with Rand's initials at some places. -- 4-page typescript for the introduction to the interview, heavily amended by Playboy editors. -- 4-page typescript of Rand cutlines for the interview with editorial markings. -- Galley proof sheet containing three cutlines with one in Rand's hand (see above quote), the others intitial-signed by her, and with note and signature from Murray Fisher. -- Typed letter signed ("Ayn Rand") to Associate Editor Murray Fisher. 1 page, 4to. Rand writes Fisher about the photographs and consent agreement for the interview (the three referenced and initial-signed photographs, and carbon of consent agreement are included in this lot). -- And a typed letter signed from Toffler to Fisher regarding the interview: "...I shall be in telephonic communication with you one instant after the moment that I have her celestial highness' official revisions. Bonzai!"
"... the real bird of paradise [Alvin] Toffler captured for Playboy in 1964 was Ayn Rand, the first female intellect given voice in the magazine. Miss Rand did not disappoint. She dominated the interview with sharply phrased opinions that rode over Toffler's questions like the charge of Czarist cavalry. And nowhere did the firmness of her views emerge more rigidly than on sex. It was, she said, an expression 'of a man's self-esteem, of his own self-value,' and 'must not be anything other than response to values.'... But most startling was Miss Rand's crisp espousal of feminism some years before it became a popular cause. 'I believe women are human beings,' she replied to a question about women working, and 'what is proper for a man is proper for a woman. The principles are the same. I would not attempt to prescribe what kind of work a man should do and I would not attempt it in regard to women.'... For a magazine that spent years struggling with its own ambivalence about the role of women in society, this was a radical opinion, and yet another illustration of a willingness to stick its neck out - and into controversy, even if it ran counter to what editors perceived as the magazine's own interests." -- Weyr, p. 153-154. (12)