The Fountainhead: 50th Anniversary Edition

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First published in 1943, The Fountainhead was Ayn Rand's original literary vision of Objectivism, her groundbreaking philosophy. It tells the story of a intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. Leonard Peikoff, Rand's literary executor, adds a special afterword that includes excerpts from the author's notes on the classic work. Reissue.

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The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence.

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Ayn Rand is the author of Atlas Shrugged. Her first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936, followed by Anthem. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved a spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writing, Rand - who died in 1982 - maintains a lasting influence on popular and scholarly thought.

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