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 ...
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
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I expected a 1943 edition of this book that I ordered from a bookseller. I can no longer access the original listing but the record in my account info shows that 1986 date plainly. I remember choosing a listing that had the 1943 date. Condition and price should have tipped me off. I got a good clean copy of the 1986 printing for $7.00 plus $3.99 shipping. Perhaps I misread it. I will be more careful in the future but I see similar current listings that say 1943 that are likely to be later editions.
Oct 13, 2014
It seemed so good 'way back then...
A discussion with friends led us to buy and re-read four of Ayn Rand's books. Funny, when we were young and idealistic, her philosophy sounded so good. Now that we're older (much older, alas) and have some real experiences, it's revealed to be selfish, self-serving, and ruinous to society. Well-written, great characterizations, but an awful message.
Aug 16, 2012
Collectivism denounced early
More timely than ever during the Obama y,ears when a so-called "fairer" society is being touted, the classic novel bolsters the view of a single person's right to his own accomplishment. The architect hero did, indeed, BUILD that only to be put on trial for destroying it after ignornat masses, mass media, and massive governm,ent turned it into a permanent abortion.
Sep 3, 2010
One can see why the author's been rediscovered
I really enjoyed this although it was a bit preachy at times, but even then, the sermons fit into the plot. Liberals may hate it, but too bad for them. Minds should be open!
Jun 18, 2009
It 's a must read
This is a book that has an excellent command of language. It is the type of book which a reader will read over and over--including me. The characters are as up to date today as when the book was written.
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