Ayn Rand was a famous Russian-American novelist, philosopher, and screenwriter. She was born in Saint Petersburg in 1905, into an affluent Jewish family. As the ‘October Revolution’ set in, she moved with her family to Crimea and completed her schooling from there. Thereafter, she returned to Saint Petersburg and entered ‘Petrograd State University’ with history, philosophy, and literature as her subjects. During this period, she learned about the freedom guaranteed by the American constitution and also realized that she would never be allowed to write the kind of books that she wanted to write in Russia. Therefore, when the opportunity came, she left for America, never intending to return. In America, she learned English and watched Hollywood movies for six months before shifting to California to try her luck as a scriptwriter in the film industry. As a writer, she first made her mark with her 1943 book ‘The Fountainhead’ and then with ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ Having achieved success, she stopped writing fiction and concentrated on developing her theory of Objectivism. Her speeches and essays on this subject were later published as books; some during her lifetime and others after her death.