The book Anthem was written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. She didn't have the idea of writing Anthem until she read a little bit of The Saturday Evening Post. The summary until now is that Equality 7-2521, writing by candlelight in a tunnel under the earth, tells the story of his life up to that point. Later, he realized that he was born with a "curse", that makes him learn quickly and ask many questions. He excelled at the Science of Things and dreamed of becoming a Scholar. However, a Council of Vocations assigns all people to their Life Mandate, and he was assigned to be a Street Sweeper. He accepts the assignment as a penance for his "Transgression of Preference" in secretly desiring to be a Scholar. He later finds out about electricity and presents it to the World Council of Scholars. He thought the World Council of Scholars would like it yet, they wanted to destroy it but he flees to the Uncharted Forest. The next day Golden One comes and they live together in the cave.