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Her father was upwardly mobile and a pharmacist and her mother was socially ambitious and religiously observant. The two girls shared an intense interest in politics and would engage in debates at the Nabokov mansion: The subsequent October Revolution and the rule of the Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin disrupted the life the family had previously enjoyed.
Her father's business was confiscated, and the family fled to the Crimean Peninsulawhich was initially under control of the White Army during the Russian Civil War.
While in high school, she realized that she was an atheist and valued reason above any other human virtue.
After graduating from high school in the Crimea in Juneshe returned with her family to Petrograd as Saint Petersburg was renamed at that timewhere they faced desperate conditions, on occasion nearly starving. After the Russian Revolution, universities were opened to women, allowing her to be in the first group of women to enroll at Petrograd State University.
After complaints from a group of visiting foreign scientists, however, many of the purged students were allowed to complete their work and graduate,  which she did in October For an assignment she wrote an essay about the Polish actress Pola Negriwhich became her first published work.
She then left for Hollywood, California. DeMille led to work as an extra in his film The King of Kings and a subsequent job as a junior screenwriter. She became a permanent American resident in July and an American citizen on March 3, Night of January 16thWe the Livingand Anthem novella Rand's first literary success came with the sale of her screenplay Red Pawn to Universal Studios inalthough it was never produced.
Clive in Hollywood in and then successfully reopened on Broadway in Each night a jury was selected from members of the audience; based on the jury's vote, one of two different endings would be performed. Rand did not participate in the production and was highly critical of the result.
The heroine is an actress who embodies Randian ideals. Set in Soviet Russiait focused on the struggle between the individual and the state. In a foreword to the novel, Rand stated that We the Living "is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write.
It is not an autobiography in the literal, but only in the intellectual sense. The plot is invented, the background is not Rediscovered in the s, these films were re-edited into a new version which was approved by Rand and re-released as We the Living in It presents a vision of a dystopian future world in which totalitarian collectivism has triumphed to such an extent that even the word 'I' has been forgotten and replaced with 'we'.
As with We the Living, Rand's later success allowed her to get a revised version published inwhich has sold more than 3. She and her husband worked as full-time volunteers for the presidential campaign of Republican Wendell Willkie.
This work led to Rand's first public speaking experiences; she enjoyed fielding sometimes hostile questions from New York City audiences who had viewed pro-Willkie newsreels. She became friends with journalist Henry Hazlitt and his wife, and Hazlitt introduced her to the Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises.
Despite her philosophical differences with them, Rand strongly endorsed the writings of both men throughout her career, and both of them expressed admiration for her.
Mises once referred to Rand as "the most courageous man in America", a compliment that particularly pleased her because he said "man" instead of "woman". Rand questioned Paterson about American history and politics long into the night during their many meetings and gave Paterson ideas for her only non-fiction book, The God of the Machine.
It was rejected by twelve publishers before finally being accepted by the Bobbs-Merrill Company on the insistence of editor Archibald Ogden, who threatened to quit if his employer did not publish it.
Finishing her work on that screenplay, she was hired by producer Hal B.
Wallis as a screenwriter and script-doctor. Although the planned book was never completed, a condensed version was published as an essay titled "The Only Path to Tomorrow" in the January edition of Reader's Digest magazine. Ayn Rand's testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities Rand extended her involvement with free-market and anti-communist activism while working in Hollywood.Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels?
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Ayn Rand (—) Ayn Rand was a major intellectual of the twentieth century. Born in Russia in and educated there, she immigrated to the United States after graduating from university.