The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
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The Fountainhead

Updated: 11 Aug 2021
The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy...and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress...“A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly...This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.”—The New York Times
Actress
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almost 2 years ago
When I began Atlas Shrugged, I was really excited, because Ayn Rand said that The Fountainhead was the overture to Atlas Shrugged. I was like, “Ooh! What am I getting into?” Whether or not you agree with Ayn Rand-and I have certain issues with some of her beliefs-the woman can tell a story.
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Actor, Artist
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over 1 year ago
- You’ve said that story is “the way we order life, the way we’d like it to be” – if you could live out one story, what would it be and why? - Crime and Punishment (joke). I would be Howard Roark and not Peter Keating in The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I've already lived out The Great Gatsby and still I beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
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over 1 year ago
Speaking to his childhood friend, Joe Bell: “To say what I thought of The Fountainhead would take me more pages than I like to think I’d stoop to boring someone with. I think it’s enough to say that I think it’s everything you said it was and more. Naturally, I intend to read Atlas Shrugged. If it’s half as good as Rand’s first effort, I won’t be disappointed.”
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over 1 year ago
“It encouraged me to think as an individual,” he says, “take risks to reach my goals, and responsibility for my successes and failures.”
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9 months ago
"I know, it's a cult. I'm not going to take it too far, but I did enjoy it." - Emma Watson
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1 year ago
Rob loves reading a mixture of novels, poetry anthologies and memoirs. Here are some of his favorites: Money by Martin Amis Ticket to Ride by Dennis Potter The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers My Friend the Mercenary: A Memoir by James Brabazon The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge The Art of Struggle by Michel Houellebeq Life by Keith Richards Nine Stories by J D Salinger The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace 2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolano Complete Poems by Charles Baudelaire Doomed Love (Penguin Great Loves) by Virgil Collected Short Stories by EM Forster Independent People by Halldor Laxness Kill Your Friends by John Niven
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8 months ago
And what are your favorite books of all time? “The Fountainhead.” “Mawson’s Will.” My brother-in-law gave me that book 15 years ago, and I was so moved by it I was scared to read anything else. Human will can be stronger than any elements, and where there is fortitude, there is great achievement.
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3 months ago
Read my freshman year at Boston College circa 1996...
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almost 2 years ago
The characters were insane. Howard Roark, man.
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