AYN RAND (St. Petersburg, Russia, 1905 - United States, 1982).
Writer and philosopher, born in St Petersburg, Russia. As an adolescent she saw the negative side of the Bolshevik Revolution. After graduating from the University of Petrograd (1924), she went to the USA (1926), which she regarded as the 'country of the individual', becoming a citizen in 1931. Starting as a screenwriter and dramatist, she first won fame for her novel, The Fountainhead (1943), which was also filmed. Atlas Shrugged (1957), a novel in form, incorporated her philosophy of 'Objectivism', which stresses objective reality, reason, self-interest, and laissez-faire capitalism. Ayn Rand was an outspoken teacher of her own philosophic school, although she didn't live to see the current strength of objectivism.
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