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Ayn  Rand
[1905-1982]

Ayn Rand circa 1936        here on page one
short profile
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primary non-fiction
Ayn Rand Library
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Ayn Rand was one of the most important philosophers of the XXth Century.

        Ayn Rand was born 2 February 1905 in St. Petersburg [Leningrad], Russia, nee Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum. She came to America in 1926, lived for a while with relatives in Chicago, then moved to Hollywood, where she worked for Cecil B. DeMille and others. She met Frank O'Connor and they married on 15 April 1929, and she became a U.S. citizen in 1931.
        She and Frank moved to New York City, after which her first major work, the play now known as "The Night of January 16th", was produced in Los Angeles & on Broadway (1934-35); her first published novel was "We The Living" in 1936. The novel "Anthem" was published in 1938; her stage play "The Unconquered" had a short Broadway run in 1940; and her novel "The Fountainhead" was published in 1943. She and Frank then returned to California, partly due to her involvement in the filming of "The Fountainhead", which was released by Warner Bros. in 1949.

        Before she and Frank moved back to New York City in October, 1951, she met future associates Nathaniel & Barbara Branden and Leonard Peikoff. Her most famous work and final novel "Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957 and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 21 weeks. Thereafter, she wrote non-fiction and worked in a range of media: lectures, radio shows, The Objectivist Newsletter, magazine articles, a column in the Los Angeles Times, and personal appearances on "The Tonight Show", "Today", and other television programs.
        A major breakup with the Brandens occurred in 1968, resulting in their public 'repudiation' and the disbandment of the Nathaniel Branden Institute. Leonard Peikoff was designated Ayn Rand's sole legal heir, and is now her self-appointed intellectual heir. The Objectivist ceased publication in September 1971, succeeded by the bi-weekly Ayn Rand Letter the month after.
        She survived a diagnosis of lung cancer in 1974, though her activities were slowed somewhat; the Ayn Rand Letter was discontinued in 1976. Frank O'Connor died in November 1979, a heart-wrenching event from which Ayn Rand never quite recovered.

        "The Objectivist Forum" began publication in February 1980 (it continued after her death, until 1987), and the "Ayn Rand Library" book series was begun. Ayn Rand died of heart failure in New York City on 6 March 1982, and was buried at Valhalla, New York.

        Many non-fiction compilation books and the six books of the "Ayn Rand Library" were completed and published posthumously. Many books by others about Ayn Rand – both for and against her theories – are still being written and published successfully, and her own works sell 300,000 copies each year. The Ayn Rand Institute continues to spread her ideas and ideals, while the expulsion of several staff members in 1990 resulted in the competing Institute for Objectivist Studies, renamed recently as The Objectivist Center.

        A seeming renaissance in Ayn Rand's popularity began in the 1990's: two U.S. postage stamps in her honor [at top of Links Page]; the 1998 documentary feature film "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life", which was nominated for an Oscar; and inclusion of both "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" in the top ten of many lists of 'Best (or Most Important) Novels of the XXth Century'. In 1998, Random House & Modern Library ran an online readers poll on 'The Best Novels Published In The English Language Since 1900', and voters placed four Ayn Rand novels in the Top Ten!: "Atlas Shrugged" was #1, "The Fountainhead" was #2, "Anthem" was #7, and "We The Living" was #8.

        A restoration of the Italian film "We The Living" was re-released in December 2003.
        After years of on-again, off-again 'development hell', the three-part TV miniseries version of "Atlas Shrugged" finally began filming in June 2010 and was released theatrically in three parts: Part 1 in April 2011, Part 2 in October 2012, and Part 3 in September 2014. {See below}


Ayn Rand/Objectivism Links Page
at Working Minds Philosophy website

Ayn Rand Quotes Page
at Working Minds Philosophy website

Ayn  Rand  Film  Festival
at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Ayn Rand In Her Own Words documentary film  "Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words" documentary film [2010]
The life and work of Ayn Rand described thru film and television, including
never-before-seen footage from the archives of the Ayn Rand Estate.

Directed by John Little & Robert Anderson
Entertainment One widescreen color/b&w DVD [5/2011] for $14.98
full credits at IMDbwatch official trailer [1:43] on YouTube
Objectivism Research CD-ROM  "The Objectivism Research CD-ROM:
The Works of Ayn Rand" [2001]
by Leonard Peikoff & Ayn Rand

Oliver Computing CDROM [5/2001] for only $59.95

Dec 2003 essay "The Cultural Ascendancy of Ayn Rand" by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

Oct 2009 article "Ayn Rand: Extremist or Visionary?" in Time Magazine by Andrea Sachs

June 2010 article about Ayn Rand in The Nation Magazine

essays at the Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment website
Essay #1 "Urgently Objectivist" (from WM Chapter 1) [June-July 2000]
Essay #32 "Standing on Ayn Rand" (from WM Chapter 18) [February 2003]
Essay #112 "Ayn Rand's Critical Mistake" [February 2017]

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The objectivist ethics holds man's life as the standard of value
– and his own life as the ethical purpose of every individual man.

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The three cardinal values of the Objectivist ethics . . . are:
Reason, Purpose, Self-Esteem,
with their three corresponding virtues: Rationality, Productiveness, Pride.



Fiction  Works

"We The Living" [1936]
placed #8 on the 1998 Random House/Modern Library online readers poll on 'The Best Novels Published In The English Language Since 1900'

We The Living novel by Ayn Rand   N.A.L. pb [1/96] for $7.99
Dutton 9.3x6.4 hardcover [12/95] for $29.95
Blackstone UNABR audio [8/97] for $85.95

adapted as "The Unconquered" [1940 Broadway play]

'Noi Vivi' Italian movie based on Ayn Rand novel 'We The Living'  "Noi Vivi" [Italian feature film 1942]
Restored/subtitled version released 1986
Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini; screenplay by Oreste Biancoli & Anton Giulio Majano, based on "We The Living"; starring Alida Valli, Rossano Brazzi & Fosco Giachetti
Scalera Films/Duncan Scott Prodns b&w DVD [8/00] 2 disks for $26.96
Scalera Films/Duncan Scott Prodns b&w VHS [5/94] 2 tapes out of prodn/used
credits from IMDb: 1942 version  |   1986 version
Essays on Ayn Rand's novel 'We The Living'  "Essays on Ayn Rand's We The Living" [2004]
by Robert Mayhew

R&L/Lexington 8¾x5¾ pb [2/2004] for $28.95
R&L/Lexington 9x6 hardcover [4/2004] for $75.00

"Anthem" [1938]
placed #7 on the 1998 Random House/Modern Library online readers poll on 'The Best Novels Published In The English Language Since 1900'

Anthem novel by Ayn Rand   Kindle Edition from A Word To The Wise [9/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
Signet pb [8/96] for $7.99
Caxton hardcover [12/66] for $11.66
Penguin UNABR audio CD [10/2000] for $22.95

online text at PageByPage Books

"2112" 20½-minute title track from 1976 album by Canadian rock band Rush
entry at Wikipediaalbum in various media at Amazon

'Anthem by Ayn Rand' graphic novel by Charles Santino & Joe Staton  "Anthem by Ayn Rand" graphic novel [2011]
Adapted by Charles Santino, Illustrated by Joe Staton

Kindle Edition from N.A.L./Penguin [2/2011] for $9.99
New American Library 9x6 pb [2/2011] for $10.11
'Anthem by Ayn Rand' graphic novel by Jennifer Anju Grossman & Daniel Parsons  "Anthem by Ayn Rand" graphic novel [2017]  9/2017
Adapted by Jennifer Anju Grossman, Artwork by Daniel Parsons

available only by reserving a copy at The Atlas Society website (9/2017)

"The Fountainhead" [1943]
placed #2 on the 1998 Random House/Modern Library online readers poll on 'The Best Novels Published In The English Language Since 1900'

Fountainhead classic novel by Ayn Rand  Idealistic young architect Howard Roark has a tough time because he will not compromise with the mediocre architecture of the establishment. When his 'big chance' skyscraper is redesigned without his knowledge, he dynamites the construction site and is put on trial.
Signet pb [8/96] for $8.99
Plume 60th Anniv 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/2002] for $27.97
Blackstone UNABR audio CD [6/2003] for $44.95

Fountainhead novel by Ayn Rand on audio cassettes  on audio cassettes
ABRIDGED read by Edward Herrmann
Highbridge Audio [12/94] 5 tapes - out of prodn/many used
UNABRIDGED read by Christopher Hunt
Part 1: Blackstone Audio [1/95] 13 tapes for $85.95
Part 2: Blackstone Audio [1/95] 11 tapes for $76.95
Fountainhead movie poster   1949 movie
Directed by King Vidor [1894-1982]; script by Ayn Rand, based on her novel; starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas & Henry Hull
Warner b&w DVD [11/2006] for $17.49
Warner b&w VHS [1/90] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Fountainhead poster  

11"x17" cream poster from Amazon for $9.99
27"x40" cream poster from Amazon for $19.99

Fountainhead blue poster, at left [source not located]
French "Le Rebelle" poster, at right [source not located]

  yellow Le Rebelle ('Fountainhead' title in France) poster
Illustrated Fountainhead book from Ayn Rand Institute  "The Illustrated Fountainhead" [1998]
based on the "Fountainhead" comic strip
that was syndicated in Hearst newspapers 1945-46

Ayn Rand Institute 8½x11 spiral-bound pb [1998] out of print - SOLD OUT!

"Atlas Shrugged" [1957]
placed #1 on the 1998 Random House/Modern Library online readers poll on 'The Best Novels Published In The English Language Since 1900'
Atlas Shrugged classic novel by Ayn Rand   Signet pb [8/96] for $8.99
Plume 9x6 pb [8/99] for $13.60
Dutton 35th Anniv 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/92] out of print/used
Signet 35th Anniv pb [3/92] out of print/used
Highbridge ABR audio CD [6/2000] for $23.07

Ayn Rand's 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged" has influenced Western thought for over fifty years now,
although political and academic critics often miss the point. The movie version released in three parts (2011 and 2012 and 2014) stirred things up anew,
so the growing catalog of books and films and video was cut to its own separate page in Fall 2012.

Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's
"Atlas Shrugged" Novel & Movies Page

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Ayn Rand Box Set 2009  Ayn Rand Boxed Set [2009]
includes "Atlas Shrugged: 50th Anniversary Edition" [1957]
and "The Fountainhead" [1943]

Penguin/Signet slipcover mass pb box set [10/2009] for $13.59
Ayn Rand Centennial Editions Boxed Set 2005  Ayn Rand Centennial Editions Boxed Set [2005]
using cover artwork from the original hardcover editions
Plume 9½x6½ pb box set [9/2005] for $31.68
Ayn Rand novels double paperback 1997  

Double paperback: "The Fountainhead" & "Atlas Shrugged" [1997]
Signet/N.A.L. mass pb [10/97] out of print/used

early short story "Good Copy" [circa 1960s?]

"To Lorne Dieterling" (working title) was a novel worked on during the 1950s and abandoned in the 1960s;
it had the theme of joy lasting out against irrelevant pain.

In 1974, Ayn Rand was under contract to produce another novel, which was apparently about a lighthearted hero
named Faustin Donnegal; nothing seems to exist among her papers.

"Ideal" [novel written 1934, stageplay 1989, book 2015]
Ayn Rand wrote a novel in 1934 about Garbo-esque actress Kay Gonda who is on the run from the police and seeks help from six fans
who wrote letters to her; but Rand was not happy with the result. She then wrote a stageplay version that was not performed until 1989.
New American Library announced in late 2014 plans to publish both the novel and the play in one volume, set for July 2015.

Ideal novel & stageplay by Ayn Rand  
stageplay and never-before-published novel,
Introduction by Leonard Peikoff

Kindle Edition from N.A.L./Penguin [7/2015] for $7.99
N.A.L. Trade pb [7/2015] for $12.12
New American Library hardcover [7/2015] for $19.86

"Ideal" [2004 video release]
Ayn Rand's play 'Ideal' was produced in 1989 at the Melrose Theater in Hollywood, under the direction of Michael Paxton
credits at IMDb; available as an extra on the 2004 "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life" 2-disk DVD



Stage  Plays
Ayn Rand's credits [1935-36 & 1940] on the Internet Broadway Database

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"Night of January 16th" [1934; revised 1963]
Night of January 16th stageplay   originally produced by E.E. Clive at the Hollywood Playhouse in Fall 1934
{as "Penthouse Legend"}

Kindle Edition from Plume/Penguin [1971 edition] for $11.99
N.A.L./Plume 8x5¼ pb [1971] for $12.98
Broadway credits ]1935-36] from IBDb
Playscript [1940]
Amereon hardcover 8¾x5¾ playscript [6/81] for $19.95

Movie version [Paramount Nov 1941]
Directed by William Clemens; starring Robert Preston, Ellen Drew & Nils Asther
video not available; credits from IMDb

"Broadway Television Theater" broadcast of 14 July 1952 on WOR-TV
Cast: Stella Andrew, Virginia Gilmore & Neil Hamilton
video/kinescope not available; credits from IMDb

J16th script  
revived as "Penthouse Legend" Off-Broadway in New York City, Feb-March 1973
Playscript edited by Nathaniel Edward Reeid

David McKay & Co. 6½x4¾ pb [6/81] out of print/used

a Spanish-language version of Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th” was performed in August 2013
at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala

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"Think Twice" [1939 unproduced play]

"The Unconquered"
[1940 Broadway play, adapted from "We The Living"]

Schauspiel Köln in Germany presents the stageplay “Der Streik (The Strike)”
based on Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” on a regular basis

"Ideal" [novel written 1934, stageplay 1989, book 2015]
see details about playscript/novel book and 2004 video of the play {above}


Primary  Non-Fiction  Works

For The New Intellectual book by Ayn Rand  "For The New Intellectual" [1961]
N.A.L. pb [3/84] for $6.39
Blackstone audio CD [11/2000] for $69.99
Virtue of Selfishness book by Ayn Rand  "The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism" [1964]
N.A.L. pb [7/89] for $6.39
Blackstone UNABR audio [3/2001] for $39.95
Blackstone audio CD [3/2001] for $48.00
Capitalism The Unknown Ideal book by Ayn Rand  "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" [1967]
N.A.L. pb [8/84] for $7.99
Blackstone UNABR audio [11/2000] for $69.95
Blackstone audio CD [11/20001] for $96.00
Romantic Manifesto book (white mass pb cover) by Ayn Rand  Romantic Manifesto book (blue art cover) by Ayn Rand  "The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature" [1969]
Kindle Edition from Signet/Penguin [1971 edition] for $7.99
N.A.L./Signet mass pb [10/71] for $7.99
World Publng Co. 8x5¼ hardcover [1969] out of print/used
New Left Anti-Industrial Revolution book by Ayn Rand  "The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution" [1971]
Penguin 8x5 pb [2/94] out of stock/used
Obj. Epistemology book by Ayn Rand  "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" [1990]
Meridian 8x5 pb [12/90] for $14.36

Minor Non-Fiction by Ayn Rand (on Page 2)

The  Ayn  Rand  Library
Ayn Rand Library Vol I Philosophy: Who Needs It? book by Ayn Rand  
Volume I: "Philosophy: Who Needs It?" [1982]
N.A.L. pb [4/85] for $6.39
Ayn Rand Library Vol II Early Ayn Rand book   Volume II: "Early Ayn Rand" [1984]
includes novella "Red Pawn", stageplays "Ideal" and "Think Twice", short stories "The Husband I Bought", "Good Copy", "Escort" and "Her Second Career", and portions removed from "The Fountainhead"
N.A.L. pb [12/86] for $5.59
Ayn Rand Library Vol III Ominous Parallels book by Leonard Peikoff  Volume III: "The Ominous Parallels" [1982]
by Leonard Peikoff

Plume 8x5 pb [10/97] for $11.16
Ayn Rand Library Vol VI Ayn Rand Lexicon book edited by Harry Binswanger  Volume IV: "The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z"
[1986] Edited by Harry Binswanger

N.A.L. 9x6 pb [1/90] for $14.36
Ayn Rand Library Vol V Voice of Reason book by Ayn Rand  Volume V: "The Voice of Reason: Essays In Objectivist Thought" [1989]
Meridian 8x5 pb [7/90] for $13.56
Ayn Rand Library Vol VI Objectivism Philosophy book by Leonard Peikoff  Volume VI: "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand" [1991]
by Leonard Peikoff

Meridian 8x5 pb [12/93] for $13.56


Image  Gallery

Ayn Rand working in her office at home (1950s) in the San Fernando Valley in California


Family,  Friends,  Colleagues

husband Frank O'Connor [1897–1979], married 1929-79

Barbara Branden [1929-2013]
Nathaniel Branden [1930-2014]

Alan Greenspan

nephew Leonard Peikoff

associate Harry Binswanger

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