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The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
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PublisherSignet
Release Date1996-09 (added to CC 17 Jan 2016)
Amazon Sales Rank3,021
When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special afterword by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand’s own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero—and about those who try to destroy him.


 


Member Reviews
(30 Apr)
I know this author is controversial, but all of her other writing and her own philosophy of objectivism aside, I think this book is a must read for anyone serious about navigating the world as an artist. This book, loosely based on the life of Frank Llyod Wright, depicts what it takes to create art while everyone expects you to conform to their norms and best practices and for the sake of wealth, success and acceptance of your peers. Ayn Rand makes it perfectly clear that being a talented artist doesn't necessarily equal fame and acceptance and can even mean infamy. It shows the hard road true artist must walk. It also has my favorite female character of all time in it, Ms. Dominique Francon. If you've ever struggled as an artist and wondered if you have the guts to create art that is true to your character then read this book and then you'll know.
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