by Ayn Rand

Anthem was published in the United Kingdom in 1938, but the U.S. edition was delayed until 1946, following the success of The Fountainhead. Anthem is Rand's Dystopian story about a new Dark Age in which technological advances are carefully planned, and individualism is suppressed. "I" has been replaced by "we." A young man known as "Equality 7-2521" is caught conducting secret science research, he and his girlfriend escape to the forest where they hatch a plan to create a new society based on individualism. Rand expanded the work into a novella; her original intention was as a screenplay.