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Romantic Love

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we asked Jeff Britting, curator of the Ayn Rand Archives, to supply us with images and text from an article he wrote that originally appeared in the Ayn Rand Institute’s newsletter, Impact, in 2012. The feature commemorates Valentine’s Day, discusses Ayn Rand’s view of romantic love and the bond between Ayn Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor. The images that accompany this feature are from the Archives collection.
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Watch Now: Why Ayn Rand Came to America

Ayn Rand was born this day — February 2 — in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1905. Twenty-one years later, she escaped the Soviet Union and made the journey to America, never to return. Here is the transcript from a short video describing why.
Culture And Society

This Is How Ayn Rand Celebrated Christmas

To celebrate Christmas, we asked Jeff Britting, curator of the Ayn Rand Archives, to supply us with images and text from an article he wrote that originally appeared in the Ayn Rand Institute’s newsletter, Impact, in 2010. The article was devoted to anecdotes about Christmas visits, letters from Ayn Rand’s family in Russia about Christmas, images of Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor, at Christmas and Christmas cards she and Frank gave and received.
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New Website for Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Learn more about the Academy Award-Nominated 1997 documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life and its director Michael Paxton in this new website, which was launched to commemorate the documentary’s twentieth anniversary. You’ll also find video clips from the film and information about the cast.
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#OCON2017 Meet Michael Paxton

Michael Paxton, writer, producer, director and author, will be speaking at Objectivist Summer Conference 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year, OCON will include a screening of his Academy Award-nominated Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, a documentary on Ayn Rand’s life, in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary. This will be an opportunity for those who have never had the chance to “see it on a big screen with an audience,” says Paxton.
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The 112th Anniversary of Ayn Rand’s Birth

Today is Ayn Rand’s birthday. Although Rand is known for her best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and works of nonfiction like The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, her actual views are still largely unknown or misunderstood.
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Merry Christmas from the Ayn Rand Institute

In celebration of Christmas, Ayn Rand Archives curator Jeff Britting gathered some Christmas-related memorabilia and objects from the Archives for a special video. “Christmas was a holiday that Ayn Rand loved,” said Britting, “and these objects will give you a taste of what Christmas was like for Ayn Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor.”

Further Reading

Ayn Rand | 1957
For the New Intellectual

The Moral Meaning of Capitalism

An industrialist who works for nothing but his own profit guiltlessly proclaims his refusal to be sacrificed for the “public good.”
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Ayn Rand | 1961
The Virtue of Selfishness

The Objectivist Ethics

What is morality? Why does man need it? — and how the answers to these questions give rise to an ethics of rational self-interest.
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