Her first major literary success, Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is an exalted
view of her Objectivist philosophy, portraying a visionary artist
struggling against the dull, conformist dogma of his peers; a book of
ambition, power, gold and love, published in Penguin Modern Classics.
Architect Howard Roark is as unyielding as the granite he blasts to build
with. Defying the conventions of the world around him, he embraces a battle
over two decades against a double-dealing crew of rivals who will stop at
nothing to bring him down. These include, perhaps most troublesome of all,
the ambitious Dominique Francon, who may just prove to be Roarke's equal.
This epic story of money, power and a man's struggle to succeed on his own
terms is a paean to individualism and humanity's creative potential. First
published in 1943, The Fountainhead introduced millions to Rand's
philosophy of Objectivism: an uncompromising defence of self-interest as
the engine of progress, and a jubilant celebration of man's creative
potential. Ayn Rand (1905-1982), born Alisa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg,
Russia, emigrated to America with her family in January 1926, never to
return to her native land. Her novel The Fountainhead was published in 1943
and eventually became a bestseller. Still occasionally working as a
screenwriter, Rand moved to New York City in 1951 and published Atlas
Shrugged in 1957. Her novels espoused what came to be called Objectivism, a
philosophy that champions capitalism and the pre-eminence of the
individual. If you enjoued The Fountainhead, you might like Rand's Atlas
Shrugged, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'In The Fountainhead
power, greed, life's grandeur flow hot and red in thrilling
descriptions'London Review of Books 'Ayn Rand is a writer of great power...
she writes brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly' The New York Times

Ayn Rand—The Fountainhead

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