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ISBN13: 9780451191151
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In a brand-new Plume hardcover edition, here is the story of an intransigent young architect, Howard Roark, of his violent battle against a mindless status quo, and of his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who worships him yet struggles to defeat him. In order to build his kind of buildings according to his own standards, Roark must fight against every variant of human corruption, including an unprincipled, parasitic rival; a powerful publisher of yellow journalism; and, worst of all, the country's leading humanitarian and power-luster ("Everything that can't be ruled, must go").

Epochal, impassioned, and hugely controversial, The Fountainhead — with more than six million copies in print — has become the classic American statement of individualism. Rand shows why every great innovator was hated and denounced, and why man's ego is the fountainhead of human greatness.

Brilliantly written and daringly original, here — as resonant today as it was sixty years ago — is a novel about a hero.

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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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Howard Roark is an architect whose genius and integrity will not be comprised. He has ideas that work against conventional standards.

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blackhorse.reader, April 2, 2014 (view all comments by blackhorse.reader)
“They had another protection- the architect who walked among them, down the snow or the grass of the hillsides, over the boulders and the rising walls- the man who had made this possible- the thought in the mind of that man- and not the content of that thought, nor the result, not the vision… nor the will that had made it real but the method of his thought, the rule of its function- the method and rule which were not like those of the world beyond the hills. That stood on guard over the valley and over the crusaders within it.” (The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand)
The man this quote refers to is Howard Roark, Ayn Rand’s symbol of heroism from the book The Fountainhead. The book’s main plot follows Roark, a young architect whose designs are prematurely modern in 1922. Rand develops the setting of New York City in the Roaring Twenties with high caliber detail, offering a corrupt world for Roark to defy. The setting encompasses the art world of New York and how the people react to the art and what it means. This portion is controlled by the media, and in that time period was the newspapers. The architects had an unspoken relationship with the newspapers. The majority of the book and the actions that take place have the main pupos to define Howard Roark’s character. Roark’s ideology about his architecture extends far deeper than just being his profession, but holds a state of mind much like a religion. He sees that a building must be built and goes to any cost to see that it is erected to perfection. Because Roark is such a free thinker and a radical in the world of architecture, many saw to stop and subdue him.
Every hero must have an adversary, a villain, and this book’s is Ellsworth M. Toohey. Toohey is the antithesis to Roark. Where Roark is the purest form of intellect, Ellsworth promotes the mediocrity in man to use and control the people he interacts with. Throughout the book Toohey tries everything to bring down Roark using his influence as an art critic for a large newspaper to intercept people who would like to build with Roark. But the interesting thing about how Toohey would intersept people was the highly intellectual way he would use a form of reverse psychology. He would tell someone to have Roark build for him, say that they were ready for his highly conceptual work. However once the building was finished, the normal person would not understand the genius and would then be unhappy with the building, thus blackening Roark’s reputation even more. His purpose for bringing down Roark is very similar to many comic book villian’s agendas. He wants to control the world, allowing for no individual thought, only what the leaders give the people. This specific character trait harkens personally to Rand, growing up in Russia during the thick of Soviet Union propaganda.
I as a reader came to love this book. In a way it’s like the fairy tales that I grew up with. Howard Roark is the “crusader” on his quest for truth and enlightenment, but an insurmountable evil tries to stop him. What made the book interesting was the sheer number of antagonists. There are four main antagonists, each taking up a part of the book. With all these blackened and corrupted characters, it really accentuates Howard Roark’s heroism. There are so many times in the book that reference the word “hero”, and that is what really moved me. The simple symbolic theme of the individual hero of man. The title The Fountainhead also supports this by its soul definition tells of pure thought. Howard Roark embodies that by standing to his ideology and defended it against the world’s criticism. Being an artist is hard and I feel a personal connection to Roark. I want to be a hero to. I want to be a crusader. I want to be a fountainhead.
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Mark Gardiner, September 15, 2011 (view all comments by Mark Gardiner)
One or the best books I have ever read. I could not put it down.
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lofti-reader, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by lofti-reader)
Looooove this book. 2010 was a year for regularly recommended but often ignored books for me. The Fountainhead and A Prayer for Owen Meany stand out as all-time favorites, and books I will certainly read again and again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451191151
Introduction:
Rand, Ayn
Afterword:
Peikoff, Leonard
Introduction by:
Rand, Ayn
Introduction:
Rand, Ayn
Author:
Rand, Ayn
Author:
Peikoff, Leonard
Afterword by:
Peikoff, Leonard
Afterword:
Peikoff, Leonard
Author:
Peikoff, Leonard
Publisher:
New American Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Individualism
Subject:
Architects
Subject:
Factacn
Subject:
Philosophical literature.
Subject:
Object (Philosophy) -- Fiction.
Subject:
Object
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
76
Publication Date:
July 1996
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
6.98x4.23x1.48 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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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