By Anne Conover Heller
Ayn Rand is healthier often called the writer of the perennially bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Altogether, greater than 12 million copies of the 2 novels were bought within the usa. The books have attracted 3 generations of readers, formed the starting place of the Libertarian circulate, and encouraged White residence financial rules in the course of the Reagan years and past. A passionate recommend of laissez-faire capitalism and person rights, Rand continues to be a robust strength within the political perceptions of american citizens this present day. but twenty-five years after her demise, her readers be aware of little approximately her life.
In this seminal biography, Anne C. Heller strains the arguable author’s lifestyles from her adolescence in Russia throughout the Bolshevik Revolution to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the ebook of her blockbuster novels, and the increase and fall of the cult that shaped round her within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. all through, Heller finds formerly unknown proof approximately Rand’s historical past and appears at Rand with new study and a clean standpoint.
Based on unique study in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s pals and previous acolytes, and formerly unexamined documents of tapes and letters, AYN RAND AND the area SHE MADE is a finished and eye-opening portrait of 1 of the main major and inconceivable figures of the 20th century.
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There was one girl, however, who struck her as interesting and whom she liked to observe. Self-confident, independent, and intelligent, the girl was a very good student and was also universally popular with the other girls. How did she do it? She didn’t seem to be making an effort to win people over. Rand imagined that she and the girl might become friends and was also curious to know what made the girl different from herself. Were social graces perhaps not a sign of shallowness or mediocrity? ” Rand nodded and walked away.
After 1914, the war created unimagined hardships for all Russians, but especially Russian Jews, and its toll in lives and penury led directly to the revolution. Among her family members on both sides, with a very few exceptions, only Rand would ever again leave Russia. By the time she did, she and those closest to her would be battered and starving. “The war marked the end of the world,” she told a friend much later. By early August the family was safely home. But their home was in an altered city renamed Petrograd.
She also collected popular postcards of famous Western paintings that were sold in dry-goods stores. But she chose only the ones with human forms; she wouldn’t touch the landscapes or the still lifes. ” “I always collected things,” she said, adding that her mother regularly complained about how much rubbish she acquired. Happily, her grandmother Kaplan “retaliated” against her mother’s complaints by buying Rand a chest of drawers in which to store her collections. Z. and to Rand as Zakharovich.
Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Conover Heller