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A Good Place To Start

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The Fountainhead 6
Atlas Shrugged 3

A Bad Place To Start

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

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Please consider recommending where to begin reading this author, or where not to. A few words about your experiences reading this author and why you make the recommendations you do will be helpful to other users. If you are the author or have studied this author extensively, please say so.

McDruid February 2nd, 2006 05:33 PM PST

Generally people like Rand for her philosophy, which underlies Atlas and The Fountainhead. However, she is an awful writer.

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From Ayn-Rand.com: Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was born Alissa Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her family lived in a large, comfortable apartment above the chemist shop owned by her father.

From her earliest years, the girl felt alienated from the dark, brooding atmosphere of Russia, but loved the bright world projected in stories appearing in foreign magazines. At age nine she made the conscious decision to become a writer.

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