Rand originally conceived of the story as a play, then decided to write for magazine publication. At her agent's suggestion, she submitted it to book publishers. The novella was first published by Cassell in England. It was published in the United States only after Rand's next novel, The Fountainhead, became a best seller. Rand revised the text for the US edition, which was published in 1946.
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About the Author
Russian born American novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982) is best known for her books The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Ideologically, Rand was very critical of communism and an advocate of capitalism. These beliefs would lead her to develop a philosophy called Objectivism. Though many in academia have been critical of both her literary and philosophical work, she is still championed by many contemporary conservatives and libertarians.
Date of Birth:February 2, 1905
Date of Death:March 6, 1982
Place of Birth:St. Petersburg, Russia
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:Graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd, 1924