By Anne Conover Heller
Ayn Rand is better 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 beginning of the Libertarian stream, and prompted White condo monetary rules during the Reagan years and past. A passionate suggest of laissez-faire capitalism and person rights, Rand continues to be a robust strength within the political perceptions of usa citizens at the present time. but twenty-five years after her loss of life, her readers understand little approximately her life.
In this seminal biography, Anne C. Heller lines the arguable author’s lifestyles from her youth in Russia throughout the Bolshevik Revolution to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the book 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 unearths formerly unknown proof approximately Rand’s background and appears at Rand with new learn and a clean viewpoint.
Based on unique learn in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s buddies and previous acolytes, and formerly unexamined records of tapes and letters, AYN RAND AND the realm SHE MADE is a accomplished and eye-opening portrait of 1 of the main major and inconceivable figures of the 20th century.
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Yet her actual ideas and feelings were of little interest to anyone, including her extended family, except her youngest sister, Nora. The household was busy with her father’s growing business and her mother’s and middle sister’s comings and goings, and the women, especially, had little patience with Rand’s odd musings. In her first novel, We the Living, she writes that Kira’s family “shrugged impatiently at what they called Kira’s feelings. ” When Rand entered school, the same was true of her classmates.
Another one of Anna’s sisters and her husband, a prosperous medical doctor named Isaac Guzarchik, settled with their two daughters on the floor above. There the family lived until they fled the starving city for the Crimea in the wake of the October 1917 Revolution. Intelligent, self-directed, and solitary from an early age, Rand must have been a difficult child to raise in the first decade of the twentieth century. In spite of the era’s violence and turmoil, the ambience was Victorian: the fashions were for frills, family loyalty, and the feminine arts, all of which went utterly against her grain.
She never forgot this girl, whose name was Daisy, or lost her admiration for the girl’s type of long-legged beauty and fair-haired Anglo-Saxon glamour, which she later compared to that of a movie star. In the years before she had yet learned much about America, Britain came to symbolize the heroic virtues of her inner universe. It was her “ideal country” at the time, she later said. Then, too, the British officers and the French archaeologist in The Mysterious Valley are unusually analytical for characters in a boy’s adventure story.
Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Conover Heller