Ayn Rand

''The is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.''

Early life of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905. At the age of six she taught her self how to read. At the age eight she discovered her first fictional hero in a French magazine for children. One year later she came up with making fiction writing her career. She thought of herself as a European writer and Victor Hugo was the writer she most admired. During her high school years Ayn and her family was eyewitness to both the Kerensky revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution. This is what tore her family to pieces. They lost everything during this revolution.

High School Life

During her high school years, she was eyewitness to both the Kerensky Revolution, which she supported, and—in 1917—the Bolshevik Revolution, which she denounced from the outset. In order to escape the fighting, her family went to the Crimea, where she finished high school. The final communist victory brought the confiscation of her father’s pharmacy and periods of near-starvation. When introduced to American history in her last year of high school, she immediately took America as her model of what a nation of free men could be.

Her Personal Philosophy

Objectivism, begins by embracing the basic fact that existence exists. Reality is, and in the quest to live we must discover reality’s nature and learn to act successfully in it. To exist is to be something, to possess a specific identity. This is the Law of Identity: A is A. Facts are facts, independent of any consciousness. No amount of passionate wishing, desperate longing or hopeful pleading can alter the facts. Nor will ignoring or evading the facts erase them: the facts remain, immutable. In Rand’s philosophy, reality is not to be rewritten or escaped, but, solemnly and proudly, faced. One of her favorite sayings is Francis Bacon’s: “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.”

Reality — that which exists — has no alternatives, no competitors, nothing “transcending” it. To embrace existence is to reject all notions of the supernatural and the mystical, including God.

Major Life Events

  • 1911 teaches herself to read.
  • Witnesses first shots of February revolution
  • Graduates from Yevpatoria High School #4 (June 30) Family returns to Petrograd Enrolls in Petrograd State University (circa August 24) Discovers the works of Nietzsche (1921–22)
  • Becomes U.S. citizen (March 13)
  • Makes first entry in philosophic journal (April 9) WritesIdeal. First play, Woman on Trial, opens in Hollywood (October 2) Moves to New York City (November)
  • Receives last communication from parents in USSR (circa January)
  • Delivers last Ford Hall Forum lecture, “The Age of Mediocrity” (April 26) Delivers last public lecture, “The Sanction of the Victims,” in New Orleans (November 21)
  • Writes her last page of “Atlas Shrugged” teleplay (January 1) Dies in New York City (March 6)

Ayn Rand's Book History

Ayn Rand published her first book in 1836, Her first book was called ''We The Living''. She also published the books ''Anthem'' (1838) , ''The Fountainthead'' (1943) , and ''Atlas Shrugged''.