About Ayn Rand

By: Ashley Bailey

Early Life of Ayn Rand

  • Ayn Rand was born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum in Saint Petersburg, Russia on February 2, 1905. She died, in New York City, New York on March 6, 1982.
  • She was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.
  • At the young age of six, Ayn taught herself to read.
  • At the young age of nine, she chose writing fiction to be her career and stuck with it.


  • Graduated from Yevportia High School in 1921 (June 30)
  • Enrolled in Petograd State University in 1921 (August 24)
  • Graduates from Leningrad State University (October 13)
  • Enrolls in State Technicum for Screen Arts (October 15)

Major Life Events

  • In 1917, Ayn witnessed first shots of the February Revolution, Kerensky Revolution which she supported, and the Bolshevik Revolution.
  • She was hired as a junior screen writer on June 11, 1927 by DeMille.
  • Ayn Rand was married to Frank O'Connor on April 15.
  • Became a U.S citizen from a Russian citizen in 1931 on March 13.
  • Started teaching a fiction writing class in 1958 and had campus talks
  • Receives honorary doctorate from Lewis and Clark University (October 2,1963)

Personal Philosophy

  • Ayn Rand's personal philosophy was of objectivism.
  • She really portrayed this in her epic novels and non-fiction essays.
  • Some of her books were urging people to be selfish.
  • Her messages weren't the best to people.

Some Famous Works

  • After struggling for a long period of time with nonwriting jobs, Universal Pictures bought "Red Pawn" off her in 1932
  • Makes first entry in philosophic journey (April 9, 1934)
  • First play: Woman on Trial opens in Hollywood (1934)
  • Anthem published in Britain by Cassell in 1938
  • "Fountainhead" reaches #6 on New York Times best-sellers list (August 26, 1945)
  • First nonfiction, "For the New Intellectual" published March 24, 1961

In My Opinion

Due to the fact that Ayn Rand lived through the times that she lived through may have affected her personal mental thoughts. Her opinions are her opinions and there's nothing anybody can change about that. However, seeing shots in the war or just being in that environment can really traumatize a person since it's not healthy. So having that mindset of being selfish is probably just natural to her.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ayn Rand - How Is This Still A Thing? (HBO)