By Anne Conover Heller
Ayn Rand is healthier referred to as the writer of the perennially bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Altogether, greater than 12 million copies of the 2 novels were offered within the usa. The books have attracted 3 generations of readers, formed the beginning of the Libertarian flow, and prompted White residence monetary guidelines during the Reagan years and past. A passionate recommend of laissez-faire capitalism and person rights, Rand continues to be a strong strength within the political perceptions of american citizens this present day. but twenty-five years after her demise, her readers understand little approximately her life.
In this seminal biography, Anne C. Heller strains the arguable author’s existence from her early life in Russia through the Bolshevik Revolution to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the ebook of her blockbuster novels, and the increase and fall of the cult that shaped round her within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. all through, Heller unearths formerly unknown proof approximately Rand’s historical past and appears at Rand with new examine and a clean viewpoint.
Based on unique study in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s associates and previous acolytes, and formerly unexamined files of tapes and letters, AYN RAND AND the realm SHE MADE is a complete and eye-opening portrait of 1 of the main major and inconceivable figures of the 20th century.
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Still, until the 1917 Revolution changed everything, Anna seems to have been an artistic social climber (though a remarkably intelligent and resourceful one, as we shall see) who wanted her daughters to rise in the city’s Jewish social hierarchy—a project for which Ayn Rand was particularly unsuited. In We the Living, Rand’s autobiographical first novel, written when she was in her twenties, the heroine, Kira Argounova, views her mother as an unprincipled conformist. Rand’s childhood clashes with Anna were often focused on her refusal to play with other children and her solitary, even antisocial nature.
This he did: In the course of just twenty-five years, beginning in 1703, he created an astonishing eighteenth-century port city entirely of imported granite, marble, slate, and travertine. For Peter, as one historian has observed, “St. ” To this end, he commissioned peasant workers from all over the empire; tens of thousands of them died of starvation, disease, and exposure to the cold. Even today, residents of St. Petersburg speak of their city as having risen on the bones of the dead. As Ayn Rand would demonstrate, though less violently, the utopian strain in the Russian imagination was harsh and rarely found expression without inflicting damage.
Nobody knew it yet, but everybody would find out. Like many of Rand’s predictions about her future, this one would come true. Later in the same year, 1914, she encountered a boys’ serial adventure story called The Mysterious Valley in one of the French children’s magazines her mother subscribed to. Written by Maurice Champagne, an author of children’s books, and illustrated by René Giffey, it was set in British-ruled India in 1911—contemporaneous with Rand’s time, but set in an exotic place, so the story’s heart-stopping action may have seemed plausible to her.
Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Conover Heller