Ayn Rand was a philosopher-novelist who burst onto the literary scene in late
fifties with her book The Fountainhead . The theme of this unconventional book
" Man's ego is the fountainhead of man's progress."
The book is about an architect Howard Roark   who refuses to live on anyone's terms but his own. The book generated a tremendous outrage from all kinds of intellectuals as it epitomized Individualism   and   egoism . In fact Rand faced many problems publishing the book as it was rejected by 13 publishers. The reasons: "It is too intellectual, It won't sell", "The characters are unreal ", and so on. But it did sell, and became a bestseller!
Rand followed The Fountainhead by another masterpiece Atlas Shrugged . This incidentally, also was a statement of a new philosophy Objectivism . With Atlas also in best seller list, it was hard for the intellectual community to ignore Rand.
After Atlas Rand did not
write any Fictions . But she followed it by a
series of Non-Fictions . Her non-fiction
writing was so prolific that four volumes of her writings were published after
her death in 1982.
Through her novel, Ayn Rand portrayed a world that mystified many a readers,
I'm just one of them.
Objectivism as a philosophical movement is growing, especially on net.