Ayn Rand

Ayn RandAyn Rand (1905 – 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher,  playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Ayn  said she found school unchallenging and  began writing screenplays at the age of eight and novels at the age of ten. At the prestigious Stoiunina Gymnasium, she and  her closest friend  Olga shared an intense interest in politics and would engage in debates.

The subsequent  rule of Vladimir Lenin disrupted the life the family had previously enjoyed. Her father’s business was confiscated and the family displaced. They fled to the Crimean Peninsula and later went to Petrograd (as Saint Petersburg was renamed at that time), where they faced desperate conditions, on occasion nearly starving.

View Ayn’s life and a list of her books on her website.

 

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