Ayn Rand

rand2February 2, 1905 – March 6, 1982

Little Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, moved to the United States at the age of 20, wrote some plays, some books, became an armchair philosopher and, some 80 years later, died.

Of course, simplifying Ayn Rand’s life isn’t fair. So, I’ll expand a bit. Most of her early writings were met with limited success, but she made a splash in 1943 with The Fountainhead. This sprawling 700-page philosophical novel earned her international acclaim and was made into a feature film. She followed it up with, arguably, her most famous book, Atlas Shrugged, an even MORE sprawling 1100-page dystopian philosophical mystery-romance. Both novels put her on the literary map. She devoted herself from that point forward to a personal philosophy she referred to as Objectivism – a theme and subject she would promote and explore the rest of her life.

Rand’s writings, while popular, were met with middling reviews, but her ideals have gone on to inspire many who ascribe to more conservative or libertarian political leanings.

Burial

Kensico Cemetery – Valhalla, NY

Specific Location

Section 41; On the north side of Cherokee Ave. under a tree at  the “T” intersection with Ossipee Ave., just to the west of Tommy Dorsey.

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