Description

Who was Ayn Rand? What kind of person did it take to create the fictional heroes of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead and to develop a new philosophy of reason? This documentary-style course traces Rand’s life (1905 – 1982) from the perspective of her goal of becoming a writer. Photographs, film clips and audio of Rand’s own personal recollections enliven this narrative of her prolific career. Among the questions answered in this course:

  • What motivated Rand’s decision at age nine to become a writer?
  • Why did she think it necessary to flee Soviet Russia?
  • How did she get her start in Hollywood?
  • How did she support herself while working on her unpublished fiction projects?
  • How did she get the idea for the story of The Fountainhead?
  • Why was Anthem first published in England and not the United States?
  • Why did publishers who had turned down Rand’s earlier novels want to publish Atlas Shrugged?
  • Why did Rand turn to nonfiction writing after publishing Atlas Shrugged in 1957?