Ayn Rand

1905 - 1982

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Alice O'Connor (born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum; February 2 [O.S. January 20], 1905 – March 6, 1982), better known by her pen name Ayn Rand ( EYEN), was a Russian-born American author and philosopher. She is known for her fiction and for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ayn Rand has received more than 14,382,355 page views. Her biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Ayn Rand is the 62nd most popular writer (up from 72nd in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Russia (up from 24th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Russian Writer.

Ayn rand is most famous for her novels, which explore themes of individualism, rational self-interest, and laissez-faire capitalism.

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Notable Works

The New Left
College students
For the New Intellectual
We the living
Atlas Shrugged
The decisions of a few industrial leaders shake the roots of capitalism and reawaken man's awareness of himself as an heroic being.
Fiction, Individuality, Time travel in fiction
Anthem is a tale of a future dark age of the great “we” – a world that deprives individuals of name, independence, and values. He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all traces of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: He had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was alone.
The Fountainhead
Fiction, Architects, Individualism
The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand. It was Rand's first major literary success and brought her fame and financial success. More than 6.5 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.
Atlas Shrugged
Fiction, Capitalism in fiction, Egoism
Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy...to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction...to the philosopher who becomes a pirate...to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
We the living
Fiction, History, Fiction, historical, general
This book is about a young woman named Kira Argounova who is trying to live during the Soviet takeover of Russia. Kira wants to be an engineer, but the lack of freedom in Soviet Russia oppresses her. She becomes involved in a love triangle with Comrade Taganov and the mysterious Leo. The book is a philosophical exposition of the crushing nature of the collectivist philosophy, which oppresses the producers. “Can you sacrifice a few? When those few are the best? Deny the best its right to the top--and you have no best left. What are your masses but millions of dull, shriveled, stagnant souls that have no thoughts of their own, no dreams of their own, no will of their own, who eat and sleep and chew helplessly the words others put into their brains? And for those you would sacrifice the few who know life, who are life? I loathe your ideals because I know no worse injustice than the giving of the undeserved. Because men are not equal in ability and one can't trust them as if they were.”
Men -- Psychology -- Fiction, Individuality -- Fiction, Time travel -- Fiction
56 pages ; 21 cm
The New Left
College students, New Left, Political activity


Among writers, Ayn Rand ranks 62 out of 7,302Before her are George Orwell, Astrid Lindgren, Oscar Wilde, Stefan Zweig, Marcel Proust, and Giacomo Casanova. After her are Rabindranath Tagore, Arthur Conan Doyle, Umberto Eco, Heinrich Heine, Romain Rolland, and Bertolt Brecht.

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Among people born in 1905, Ayn Rand ranks 2Before her is Jean-Paul Sartre. After her are Howard Hughes, Simo Häyhä, Albert Speer, Elias Canetti, Viktor Frankl, Greta Garbo, Henry Fonda, Dag Hammarskjöld, Christian Dior, and Carl David Anderson. Among people deceased in 1982, Ayn Rand ranks 4Before her are Huang Xianfan, Grace Kelly, and Leonid Brezhnev. After her are Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, Carl Orff, Roman Jakobson, Arthur Rubinstein, Philip K. Dick, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Ayn Rand ranks 21 out of 3,761Before her are Alexander Pushkin (1799), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Kim Jong-il (1941), Wassily Kandinsky (1866), and Ivan Pavlov (1849). After her are Alexander I of Russia (1777), Lev Yashin (1929), Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Mikhail Bakunin (1814), and Igor Stravinsky (1882).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Ayn Rand ranks 5Before her are Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), Leo Tolstoy (1828), Anton Chekhov (1860), and Alexander Pushkin (1799). After her are Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Boris Pasternak (1890), and Ivan Turgenev (1818).