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The Fountainhead (Paperback)

Author:  Ayn Rand Afterword:  Leonard Peikoff
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0452273331
ISBN-13: 9780452273337
Sku: 30073310
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Sales Rank: 95992
Pages:  736
Age Range:  22 to UP
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A phenomenal bestseller since its publication in 1943, The Fountainhead brought Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism to a worldwide audience. As ori ginal today as when it was written, this novel reinvents the modern-day hero. This anniversary edition includes a special afterword by Leonard Peikoff and excerpts from Rand's own notes about the book.
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Tells the story of a gifted architect, his struggle against conventional standards, and his violent love affair.
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Ayn Rand's bestseller tells the story of a staunchly individualist architect (based on Frank Lloyd Wright) who combats the collectivist (i.e., mediocre) impulses of his fellow Americans. The book is both a compulsively readable, steamy novel and an articulation of Rand's views.
Author Bio
Ayn Rand
Born Alisa Rosenbaum, Ayn Rand graduated from the University of Petrograd and immediately immigrated to the U.S., joining relatives in Chicago and then moving to Hollywood, where she hoped to write screenplays. She worked first as an extra in films, but eventually did begin to write. Most of her screenplays, like her novels, were fiercely anti-Communist, pro-capitalist diatribes. Her first successful novel, THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1945), was a bestseller; it was followed by ATLAS SHRUGGED. Both novels served as Rand's mouthpiece, articulating the philosophy known as Objectivism, which promotes "rational self-interest" and was wildly influential in the 1950s and 1960s. After ATLAS SHRUGGED, Rand stopped writing fiction, devoting the rest of her life to public speaking and works of philosophy. She was married for 50 years to Frank O'Connor, an actor; he died in 1979, when Rand (a lifelong chain smoker) was already suffering from lung cancer, which she died of in 1982, at 77.

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New Yorker
"As for Ayn Rand's 'The Fountainhead', seven hundred and fifty-four pages of pure beef, it could stop a tank. From what I gather, Ayn Rand could stop a tank." - Anthony Lane 6/26 & 7/3/95

New York Times Book Review
"When 'The Fountainhead' was published, almost every critic that reviewed it missed a point--that the welfare of society must always be subordinate to individual's self-interest. Rather than dealing with this theme of ego, most of the reviewers treated it as a Big Book, and treated it badly." - Nora Ephron 05/5/1968

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0736
Product attributePublisher:   Plume Books
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