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												The Fountainhead. by  Ayn Rand
	 - Signed First Edition
			 - 1962
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The Fountainhead.

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The Fountainhead.

by Rand, Ayn

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Indianapolis and New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1962. Later printing of Rands's breakthrough work and her first major literary success. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Maurice Sabbah- With my best wishes Ayn Rand 3/5/63." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket without the usual fading to the spine. An exceptional example. Although Rand was a previously published novelist and had a successful Broadway play, she faced difficulty in finding a publisher she thought right for The Fountainhead. She let Macmillian Publishing go when they rejected her demand for better publicity (Branden, 1986), and when her agent criticized the novel, she fired him and handled submissions herself (Burns, 2009). After sifting through eleven more publishers, Rand finally released The Fountainhead with Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1943. The reception was instant, and The Fountainhead became a bestseller in two years. The protagonist, Howard Roark, whose character was thought to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a young architect fighting against convention. Cited by numerous architects as an inspiration, Ayn Rand said the theme of the book was "individualism versus collectivism, not within politics but within a man's soul." Rand chose architecture as the analogy of her heady themes because of the context of the ascent of modern architecture. It provided an appropriate mode to make relevant her beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the "fountainhead" of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue. Some critics consider The Fountainhead to be Rand's best novel (Merill, 1991). Indeed, philosopher Mark Kingwell described it as "Rand's best work" (Kingwell, 2006). In 1949 it was adapted to film, produced by Henry Blanke, directed by King Vidor, starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Robert Douglas, and Kent Smith.

Synopsis

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.

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Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
124512
Title
The Fountainhead.
Author
Rand, Ayn
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Bobbs-Merrill Company
Place of Publication
Indianapolis and New York
Date Published
1962
Keywords
Ayn Rand First Edition, Fountainhead First Edition

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