37 Facts About Ayn Rand

1. Ayn Rand helped her lover establish the Nathaniel Branden Institute in January 1958, a think tank for the propagation of Objectivist principles.

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2. In 1963, Ayn Rand received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

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3. Ayn Rand met future associates Barbara Branden and Nathaniel Branden (1930–) in 1950.

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4. Ayn Rand testified about the communist penetration of the film industry in Hollywood.

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5. Ayn Rand moved back to Los Angeles with O'Connor in 1943 to write the screenplay.

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6. Ayn Rand spent several years in Hollywood until she and O'Connor moved to New York City in 1934.

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7. At this time, Ayn Rand became conscious of style in writing.

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8. Ayn Rand graduated with highest honors in 1924 from the newly renamed University of Leningrad.

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9. Ayn Rand began studies at the University of Petrograd, majoring in history with a minor in philosophy.

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10. Ayn Rand became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1931.

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11. Ayn Rand spent a large part of her career defending her philosophy of objectivism.

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12. Ayn Rand was born Allisa Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St Petersburg, Russia, the first of Fronz and Anna Rosenbaum's three daughters.

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13. Ayn Rand is said to have proposed the affair to Branden's wife and her husband, then proceeded to open the topic for discussion.

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14. In 1950, Ayn Rand developed a close friendship with a young Canadian-born couple, Barbara Weidman and Nathaniel Blumenthal, who were students at UCLA.

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15. Ayn Rand published six fiction books and plays and six non-fiction works.

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16. Ayn Rand began writing her first major novel, The Fountain-head in 1935 under the working title Second-Hand Lives.

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17. Ayn Rand completed her first novel, We the Living, in 1933.

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18. Ayn Rand graduated in 1924 and entered the State Institute for Cinema Arts to study screenwriting.

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19. Ayn Rand entered the University of Petrograd in 1921, where she studied philosophy and history.

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20. Ayn Rand was born Alice Rosenbaum in St Petersburg, Russia on February 2, 1905 to Fronz and Anna Rosenbaum, the first of three daughters.

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21. In 1935, Ayn Rand began writing her most famous novel, The Fountainhead.

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22. Ayn Rand completed her first novel, We the Living in 1934, but was unable to convince any publishers to publish it until 1936.

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23. Ayn Rand was born in St Petersburg, Russia on February 2, 1905.

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24. In 1937, Ayn Rand began researching a new novel by working for New York architect Ely Jacques Kahn.

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25. Around this time, Ayn Rand completed her first novel, We the Living.

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26. Ayn Rand landed a job as a clerk at RKO Pictures, eventually rising to head of the wardrobe department, and continued developing her craft as a writer.

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27. In 1971 Ayn Rand ceased publication of The Objectivist and replaced it with the fortnightly Ayn Rand Letter, which appeared with increasing irregularity until 1976.

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28. Ayn Rand sold it to Warner Brothers studio and wrote the screenplay for the film, which was released in 1949.

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29. Ayn Rand acknowledged Aristotle as her greatest influence and remarked that in the history of philosophy she could only recommend "three A's"—Aristotle, Aquinas, and Ayn Rand.

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30. Ayn Rand believed that natural rights should be enforced by a constitutionally limited government.

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31. Ayn Rand was unimpressed with many of the NBI students and held them to strict standards, sometimes reacting coldly or angrily to those who disagreed with her.

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32. In 1951, Ayn Rand moved from Los Angeles to New York City, where she gathered a group of these admirers around her.

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33. Ayn Rand extended her involvement with free-market and anti-communist activism while working in Hollywood.

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34. Ayn Rand worked on projects, including a planned nonfiction treatment of her philosophy to be called The Moral Basis of Individualism.

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35. In late 1925, Ayn Rand was granted a visa to visit relatives in Chicago.

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36. Ayn Rand was born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905, to a Russian-Jewish bourgeois family living in Saint Petersburg.

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37. In 1957, Ayn Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged.

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