Frequently asked questions

1. What is the origin of the name Ayn Rand?

The name she was born with was Alice Zinovna Rozenbaum (rus: Алиса Зиновьевна Розенбаум), later corrected to Ayn Rand. Ayn, is a Finnish female name that she adapted to English pronunciation. The Rand surname is assumed to be a short form of her original surname.

2. Were any of Ayn Rand’s novels adapted into movies?

Yes : The Fountainhead, We the Living and Atlas Shrugged.

The Fountainhead was made into a movie in 1949, starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal as the lead roles. Ayn Rand wrote the screenplay but was not fully satisfied with the movie.

We the Living was made into a two-part movie in 1942. It was made without Ayn’s knowledge or consent, and was shown in Fascist Italy but it was shortly after removed due to the plot that was criticizing totalitarianism. 

Ayn didn’t participate in the making of Atlas Shrugged, a two-parted movie, because it was published long after her death.

3. What did Ayn Rand die of? Where was she buried?

Ayn Rand died on March 6, 1982, of heart failure. She was buried in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y., next to her husband Frank O’Connor (who died in 1979).

4. Can translated works of Ayn Rand be found in Serbia?

Yes, we can. Until 2015. in Serbia were published three biggest novels by Ayn: The Virtue of Selfishness, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Albion books, a publishing house from Belgrade, is commendable for an active promotion among readers in Serbia.

5. Where can I find out more about Ayn Rand’s life?

Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on February 2, 1905. She was the eldest of three daughters of Zinovy Zakharovich Rosenbaum and Anna Borisovna. Learn more about her

6. What is Objectivism?

Objectivism is a philosophy created by Ayn Rand. She described it as “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute” ( Rand Ayn, Atlas Shrugged, pp. 1170-1171). In her books, such as Atlas Shrugged, we can learn more about the meaning of words that she uses to describe Objectivism, but also about her vision of life through “objectivistic glasses”.

7. How many books did Ayn Rand write and what are her most famous ones?

Ayn Rand wrote 170 books. Her first novel, We the Living,  was published in 1936. Some of her famous novels are: “Atlas Shrugged”, “The Fountainhead” and “Anthem”. “The Fountainhead” was also her first big financial success that became her worldwide bestselling novel. It was published in 1943.