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The phrase comes from Wordsworth: http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~ridge/local/mhlu.html

David,

I rejoice in the erudition of my readership. Thanks. By the way, I am reading Jeff Walker, The Ayn Rand Cult. A real page-turner. Also, David Kelley, The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand. He's a much better philosopher than Peikoff. Have you reviewed either of these? Knowing you, you've probably reviewed both.

My Heart Leaps Up

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky.
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

Dr. Vallicella,

Walker's book should be used with caution, but it contains lots of good stuff.

Another good book by Kelley is The Logical Structure of Objectivism.

http://www.objectivistcenter.org/cth-62-1354-Logical_Structure_Objectivism.aspx

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but if you want some background on the biographical controversy over Rand's life, you might want to check out:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9421651/The-Passion-of-James-Valliants-Criticism

Mr Parille,

Thanks for the links. I read part of your piece. It confirmed a conclusion I had already arrived at, namely, that Vaillant's book is not worth my time.

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