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About the Author
Russian born American novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982) is best known for her books The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Ideologically, Rand was very critical of communism and an advocate of capitalism. These beliefs would lead her to develop a philosophy called Objectivism. Though many in academia have been critical of both her literary and philosophical work, she is still championed by many contemporary conservatives and libertarians.
Date of Birth:February 2, 1905
Date of Death:March 6, 1982
Place of Birth:St. Petersburg, Russia
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:Graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd, 1924