Synopses & Reviews
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.
A special edition hardcover in celebration of Ayn Rands centennial.
When it was first published in 1943, The Fountainhead--containing Ayn Rands daringly original literary vision with the seeds of her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivismwon immediate worldwide 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 centennial edition of The Fountainhead, celebrating the controversial and eduring legacy of its author, features an afterword by Rands literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, offering some of Ayn Rands personal notes on the development of her masterwork.
A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.
--The New York Times
About the Author
Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Ms. Rands unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamental sof her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.