About Ayn Rand

A novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter.

The Secret Life of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was born Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersberg, Russia. In 1926 Rand immigrated to America where she made a career of writing and philosophy. With the release of her first best-seller, The Fountainhead,Rand's views gained immense popularity throughout America. Rand married in 1929 to a man named Frank O'Conner. They remained married until his death in 1979. She never had children nor did she ever express the desire. Ayn Rand was also well known for her public affair with one of her fans, Nathaniel Branden. (Branden was also married, and both spouses had knowledge of, and consented to the affair.) During her career Ayn Rand penned many books, essays, short stories, and screenplays. Some of her better known works include Anthem (1938), her first bestseller The Fountainhead (1943), her second and last bestseller, Atlas Shrugged(1957), and The Virtue of Selfishness (1964). After the wild success of Atlas Shrugged Rand went on to deliver speeches at universities and forums all across America as well as become an editor for a series of periodicals that discussed Objectivist ideas, for which she wrote numerous essays. Ayn Rand died in 1982 of heart failure in New York City.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How is "Ayn" pronounced?

It is a single syllable that rhymes with 'mine' and 'fine'.

Is "Ayn Rand" her real name?

No. She adopted this name when she left the Soviet union but her real name (translated to English is, Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum

How successful was Rand as an author?

If success is measured in terms of books sold, then Rand was eventually very successful, although not as much as some authors. As of 2008, the total sales of Rand's books were over 25 million copies

Did Rand have any children?

No. Barbara Branden described Rand's attitude towards having children thusly:

It was a responsibility that she was not interested in assuming. When she was writing Atlas [Shrugged], she would sometimes say that she was "with book." The only children she wanted were her books

What did Rand read?

The accusation is sometimes made that Rand did not read philosophical or intellectual works from other writers. One critic went so far as to declare that she "read almost nothing but detective novels." Such claims are exaggerated at best. Although Rand apparently did not read extensively in contemporary academic philosophy, she clearly read much more than "detective novels."

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