About the Author
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and many other fiction and non-fiction works, is the originator of the philosophy of Objectivism. More than 20,000,000 copies of her books have be en sold. Born is St. Petersburg, Russia in 1905, she decided at age 9 to become a writer and was able to get out of the USSR in 1926 and came to the United States to pursue her writing. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943 she became a best selling author. After publication of her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, in 1957 she spent the last 25 years of her life lecturing and writing on philosophy. In 1998 a documentary film on her life, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, was nominated for an academy aw ard. The United States Postal Service has announced a stamp in tribute to Ayn Rand available in April, 1999.