Screen Guide for Americans

Screen Guide for Americans. Ayn Rand.
Screen Guide for Americans
Screen Guide for Americans
Screen Guide for Americans
Screen Guide for Americans
Screen Guide for Americans
Rand's first non-fiction political writing, seeking to identify communism in films and earning her the support of the House Un-American Activities Committee
Screen Guide for Americans

Beverly Hills: The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, c. 1950. First separate edition. Original wrappers stapled at spine. Gentle toning to edges of front and light offsetting to the rear wrap. Vertical fold line across the right third of the pamphlet. In all, an exceptionally clean, unmarked and pleasing example of Rand's political non-fiction. The first and only separate edition of Rand's pamphlet warning Hollywood against communist propaganda in their films. First produced as an article in the November 1947 Plain Talk at about the same time Rand was testifying before the HUAC. This pamphlet has become an extremely rare work, with the present copy as the only one appearing in the modern auction record (PBA 2004) and no other copies on the market.

"Amid the post-war debate over communism's threat to American ideals, Rand made her first forays into political non-fiction writing. She became involved with the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a conservative group formed by Louis B. Mayer and including such Hollywood heavyweights as Walt Disney, Hedda Hopper, Gary Cooper, and John Wayne. This led to her pamphlet, Screen Guide for Americans, which offered techniques for filmmakers to voluntarily monitor communist propaganda in their movies...[near this time] the House Un-American Activities Committee [HUAC] invited the Screen Guide author to testify on communist propaganda in the movies. She agreed on the condition that her testimony not be censored...through the end of the decade, Rand ultimately worked as a Hollywood screenwriter, not only on The Fountainhead, but on such films as Love Letters and You Came Along" (Binswanger). Already a major literary icon, she gained even greater influence by ambitiously expanding her message in favor of objectivism and against the collective to the mainstream through page and screen.

Pacific Book Auction lot 220 (sale 278, 2004). Provenance: From the private collection of Jay T. Snider
Near Fine (Item #2759)

Price: $2,500