When I read your first biography, the essay in Who Is Ayn Rand?, I found it inspiring and read it many times. And yet, almost from the beginning, I was saying to myself, ďThis canít be the exact truth, itís just an idealized portraitĒ--which did not bother me! Surmising what I thought must be Ayn Randís true nature, I continued to read the essay from time to time, because I fully identified with living oneís life as a kind of artwork, and believed there was a certain validity to the portrait.
So nothing I read in Passion really surprised me (I had learned of the affair with NB long ago, and yes that had surprised the hell out of me at the time); in fact, it turned out that my surmises had been accurate. I just enjoyed your book as one of the best, and best-written, biographies I had ever encountered. (Though I had several differences with your interpretations of events, where I came out on Aynís side.)
I think I already know what kinds of arguments the Valliant book will use, and I would disagree with them. But I will of course read the book before judging it. After all, it has some new writing by Ayn Rand, who can do no wrong!
(Edited by Rodney Rawlings on 2/13, 8:17am)