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Ayn Rand, a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter, was a woman of truly remarkable achievements. She promoted her philosophy of objectivism through courses, lectures and literature. Her extraordinary vision inspired millions to take responsibility for their lives but also attracted its fair share of controversy.
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Key Facts & Information
- Ayn Rand, born Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, was born on February 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated in 1924 and then enrolled at the State Institute for Cinema Arts to study screenwriting. She moved to the United States in the 1926 and started to establish herself in Hollywood.
Career and Contribution
- Ayn Rand first became an extra on the set of Cecil B. DeMille, a Hollywood titan, in 1927 on the film The King of Kings, where she met actor Frank O’Connor. She married the actor in 1929 and became an American citizen in 1931.
- Ayn Rand first became a clerk and then the head of the wardrobe department at RKO Pictures while developing her passion for writing. She sold her screenplay Red Pawn, a Soviet romantic thriller, to Universal Studios. This was followed by a courtroom drama entitled Penthouse Legend, which centers on the tactic of audience members serving as the jury. Rand and her husband moved to New York City in 1934 for the production of Night of January 16th.
- After several rejections, she published her first novel, We the Living, that talked about the heroine’s battles with a Soviet totalitarian state. This was followed by the novella Anthem (1938), which was about a future collectivist dystopia.
- Rand, together with a New York architect, Ely Jacques Kahn, published The Fountainhead in 1937. In this book, architect Howard Roark deviates from convention and makes his own creations. The book was featured in the film with Gary Cooper in the role of Roark. Her ideas became more explicit with the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged, that portrays a future in which leading industrialists drop out of a collectivist society, presented in the speech by protagonist John Galt. The novel earned negative reviews but later on became a best-seller.
- Ayn Rand met a college student name Nathaniel Branden in 1950 and they formed a group at Rand’s apartment to engage in intellectual discussions. The group, which included future Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan, called itself the Collective, or the Class of ‘43 (the publication year of The Fountainhead).
Death and Legacy
- Rand developed her philosophy termed “Objectivism”: a belief in a concrete reality from which individuals can discern existing truths, and the ultimate moral value of the pursuit of self-interest. The message of the philosophy was spread through lectures, courses and literature in 1962 through the Nathaniel Branden Institute that also launched “The Objectivist Newsletter”.
- Rand published The Romantic Manifesto in 1969, a series of essays on the cultural importance of art, and repackaged her newsletter as “The Ayn Rand Letter”. She published a collection of articles in Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology in 1979.
- Rand was working on a television adaptation of Atlas Shrugged when she died of heart failure at her home in New York City on March 6, 1982.
Ayn Rand Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Ayn Rand Facts
- The Legacy
- The Objectivist Newsletter
- The Objectivist View
- Her Timeline
- Quoting Ayn Rand
- Recreating Covers
- Ayn Rand’s Voice
- The Roark
- Anthem Vocabulary
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