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.
The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand’s writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence. – Amazon
“I really like this novel. Ayn Rand’s manner of writing philosophy is very interesting and the author writes in a way that keep the reader engaged and makes one feel connected. This novel specially gets you to think a bit about your purpose in life or just ticks something in you. Its a great read, if nothing at least captivating.” – Amazon Review
“This is a delightful and surprisingly humorous book. I found myself laughing aloud as I came across well-dialogued situations and scenes and descriptions, many of which had personal relevance that I could relate to based on my own experiences. The author made a unique story that subtly includes a lot of perceptive details about human nature, human relations, and the reasons that a person might stop living truthfully and start lying to try to get things to work out OK. She also does a very sound job of showing the path of a character who cannot conceive of the possibility of lying to himself for any reason or for any purpose.
There are a few genuine characters who are trying to live real lives without lying to themselves about who they are or what they are experiencing in their process of living, and they are wondering how they will live in the world with so much intentional fakery happening in day-to-day life in their own homes and their own friendships. The story shows how all the phony cowardly people try to persuade the few honest ones to start lying and being fake in order to become “normal”. The authentic people live their days wondering how the lying ones can tolerate their own compromise with reality.
The honest ones enjoy their existence no matter what happens in their life or how challenging it becomes, because they live on the level while being genuine with themselves and others. The liars never enjoy their own existence even if they obtain lots of money or prestige, because they know that they gave up on being a real person and gave up on having a real life, and they know that their gains are false.” – Amazon Review
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About the Author
Ayn Rand’s first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy, Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.