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The Thought of One Ayn Rand the author of many inspirational novels is one of the most controversial authors of the twentieth century She defines her self as I am not primaraly an advovate of capitalism but of egoism I am not primarily an advocate of egoism but of reason If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently all the rest follows This--the supremacy of reason--was is and will be the primary concern of my work and the essence of Objectivism Brief Summary p 1 Ayn Rand was born in Russia in 1905 and moved to America when she was 21 Defying the death warrant of the Soviet Union she came to America as a temporary visitor in 1926 but remained for the rest of her life Later she would also defy the cultural and political views of contemporary America in such best-selling novels as Atlas Shrugged Her unique philosophy Objectivism challenged the cultural tradition of 2500 years She attained a worldwide fame and a readership numbering in the millions Yet Ayn Rand achieved these results as a literary outsider Her reputation spread through relentless word of mouth among readers who found and continue to find a uniquely inspiring philosophy of life presented in her entertaining and dramatic novels One of the most controversial thinkers of the twentieth century her books sell over 300000 copies each year Peikoff p 2 Rand was a philosopher and a novelist In her novels the main characters were strong individuals fighting agaist large impresona systems Anthem writen in 1938 is set in the future in a a world where everyone is forced to think alike and not allowed to develop on an individial level Being stuck in this world of slavery it would be a crime to have your own thoughts desires or privacy According to society hard work for the good of the city would be your only purpose in life Having your
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