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Ayn Rand, 1905 - 1982 Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was born Alice Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd in 1924, and she came to the United States in 1926 with dreams of becoming a screenwriter. In 1929, she married actor Charles "Frank" O'Connor. After arriving in Hollywood, Rand was spotted by Cecil B. DeMille standing at the gate of his studio and gave her a job as an extra in King of Kings. She also worked as a script reader and a wardrobe girl and, in 1932, she sold Red Pawn to Universal Studios. In the 1950's, she returned to New York City where she hosted a Saturday night group she called "the collective." It was also during this time that Rand received a fan letter from a young man, Nathaniel Branden. She was impressed with his letter, and she wrote him back. Her correspondence with him eventually led to an affair that lasted over a decade. He became her chief spokesperson and codified the principles of her novels into a strict philosophical system (objectivism) and founded an institute bearing his name. Their affair ended in 1968 when Branden got involved with another one of Rand's disciples. According to Rand, people are inherently selfish and act only out of personal interest making a selfish act, a rational one. It is from this belief that her characters play out their lives. Rand's first novel was "We the Living" (1936) and was followed by "Anthem" (1938), "The Fountainhead" (1943), and "Atlas Shrugged" (1957). All four of her novels made the top ten of the controversial list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. On March 6, 1982, Ayn Rand died in her New York City apartment. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Atlas Shrugged… (more)
Atlas Shrugged 21,622 copies, 381 reviews
The Fountainhead 18,597 copies, 254 reviews
Anthem 10,144 copies, 206 reviews
We the Living 4,010 copies, 44 reviews
The Virtue of Selfishness 2,443 copies, 25 reviews
Philosophy: Who Needs It 988 copies, 9 reviews
Night of January 16th 596 copies, 8 reviews
The Journals of Ayn Rand 237 copies, 2 reviews
Letters of Ayn Rand 175 copies, 3 reviews
Ideal 96 copies
Three Plays 93 copies
Atlas Shrugged: Part One (Author) 49 copies
The Fountainhead [1949 film] (Screenwriter/Original novel; Original book) 44 copies, 1 review
The Objectivist: 1966-1971 42 copies, 1 review
Ayn Rand Letter 1971-1976 42 copies, 1 review
Why Businessmen Need Philosophy 38 copies, 2 reviews
Atlas Shrugged (Volume 2 of 2) 22 copies, 1 review
Hymn 11 copies
A Revolta de Atlas - V.2 5 copies, 1 review
A Revolta de Atlas - V.3 5 copies, 2 reviews
Papers of Ayn Rand 3 copies, 1 review
¡Vivir! 3 copies
Ben 3 copies
Red Pawn 2 copies
Ego 1 copy
Gimn: [: ] 1 copy
HIMN 1 copy
Escort 1 copy
Good Copy 1 copy
The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (Contributor) 65 copies, 2 reviews
Calumet "K" (Introduction, some editions) 59 copies, 1 review
Ayn Rand's Anthem: The Graphic Novel (Original author) 52 copies, 2 reviews

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