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Ayn Rand and her characterizations of William Edward Hickman

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I have heard  from many online sources that state that Ayn Rand called William Edward Hickman brilliant, unusual and exceptional. Can anyone share citation about when and where she said this? i have found that she said he was intelligent. but that is a distinct difference from 'brilliant'. 

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You can find various discussions done here on Hickman.

https://forum.objectivismonline.com/index.php?/search/&q=hickman&quick=1

 

On a separate search I did using a no longer readily available Searchable CD delimits Hickman to her:

Journals - Part 1: Early Projects
1 - The Hollywood Years

It looks as if she uses "brilliant" as a quality of a character she was creating based on aspects of Hickman, and not applying it to Hickman himself.

 

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