Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand (2 February [O.S. 20 January] 1905–6 March 1982)[1] born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum was a Russian-American novelist and philosopher. She is most famous for her novels The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). Other literature attributed to her is We the Living (1936), Night of January 16th (1934), and Anthem (1938). Her non-fiction titles include For the New Intellectual (1961), The Virtue of Selfishness (1964), Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966), The Romantic Manifesto (1969), The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (1971), Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (1979), and Philosophy: Who Needs It? (1982). She was a laissez-faire capitalist, but refused to call herself a libertarian on the grounds that she didn't want to associate herself with anarchists.


  1. Sciabarra p 1


  • Chris Matthew Sciabarra. Ayn Rand: the Russian radical. Pennsylvania State University Press. 30 September 1995. ISBN 978-0271014418