To Ethan C. Mordden, assistant editor at Opera News [Letter 581]

Item Reference Code: 099_05x_005_001

Date(s) of creation

June 20, 1974


Ethan C. Mordden


Opera News asked AR to write an article on the nature of heroism in Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle.

June 20, 1974

Mr. Ethan C. Mordden, Assistant Editor
Opera News
1865 Broadway
New York, N.Y.  10023

Dear Mr. Mordden:

Thank you for your letter of May 28.

I appreciate your interest, but I cannot participate in your project.

It is true that my schedule does not permit me to undertake any outside writing assignments, but this is not the only reason in this particular case. Wagner’s idea of heroism and his image of the hero are not mine. In fact, they are the opposite of mine.



Ayn Rand