The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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The Fountainhead's protagonist, Howard Roark, is an individualistic young architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision. The book follows his battle to practice modern architecture, which he believes to be superior, despite an establishment centered on tradition-worship. How others in the novel relate to Roark demonstrates Rand's various archetypes of human character, all of which are variants between Roark, the author's ideal man of independent-mindedness and integrity, and what she described as the "second-handers." The complex relationships between Roark and the various kinds of individuals who assist or hinder his progress, or both, allows the novel to be at once a romantic drama and a philosophical work.

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The 231st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  2. - 43rd on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  3. - 66th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (
  4. - 82nd on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  5. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  6. - 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)
  7. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

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