Born in St. Petersburg in 1905, Ayn Rand expressed her political opposition
to the collective culture of Russia by immigrating to the United States at age 20.
She began writing screenplays in Hollywood, which had produced the
Western films she admired as a girl in Russia. After breaking through
with her play, "The Night of January 16th," Rand worked feverishly on her
first novel, "We the Living." Although it was not received well by critics
the public, this publication set the stage for her major novels, "The
Fountainhead" (1943) and "Atlas Shrugged" (1957).
These monumental projects became bestsellers, and Rand achieved ongoing
success. Her death in 1982 did not stop the teachings of her philosophical
message. Her words of objectivism reach millions each year.
Learn more about Ayn Rand, her work, and objectivism at these sites:
The Ayn Rand Institute
Dedicated to the advancement of Rand's philosophy and ideas, this site is
home to hundreds of sources by, about and for objectivism's followers. Check
out the book excerpts, biographies, videos, scholarships and clubs supported
The Atlas Society
This comprehensive page offers analysis of Rand's work and information on objectivism,
in addition to a discussion board, speeches, essays, and references to the
writer. Also check out the annual Lyceum conference, which celebrates Rand's
90th birthday this year.
The Intellectual Activist
An blog dedicated the objectivism Ayn Rand lived and worked by,
this site offers current articles, archives and activist opportunities. The site is run by The Intellectual Activist editor Robert Tracinski.