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Running Header: AYN RAND LIFE AND WORK 1 Ayn Rand Life and Work Edmond Bado Instructor Institution 05/07/17
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AYN RAND LIFE AND WORK 2 I. Early Childhood a. Birthplace Ayn Rand was born on February 2 nd , 1905 by a Russian family that lived in Saint Petersburg. Her family was a Russian Jewish bourgeois. In this section, her birthplace will be discussed and how she was brought up. If one has heard about Alisa Rosenbaum (1905- 1982), they probably only know of her by her self-made name: Ayn Rand (pronounced to rhyme with ‘mine’, Lawrence). The name Ayn Rand is virtually inseparably from the philosophy of Objectivism, which Rand strove to create and popularize with most of her life, even though “great treason of the philosophers was that they never stepped out of the Middle Ages” (Rand, 2014). But what was her life? “The “Objectivism in Action” section of the Introduction to the Novel offers further insight into Rand’s belief system” (Bernstein, 2000, p. 4). This paper is about Ayn Rand's early childhood and upbringing motivated her to pursue writing, and her ground-breaking philosophical achievements helped establish her as one of the most well- known women in history. b. Childhood friend In her childhood, she had a friend by the name Olga. This was Vladimir Nabokov's younger sister and they had met in a prestigious gymnasium she had enrolled at her early childhood, Stoiunina Gymnasium. Her life and friends will be discussed in this section. This will be her social life and how she related to her friends. Ayn Rand’s life started in the last decade of czarist Russia. By her own report she started writing out of her own will at the early age of 6.
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AYN RAND LIFE AND WORK 3 c. Family She is the eldest daughter in the family and she had other 3 sibling sisters. The family had six members, her father, Zinovy Zakharovich Rosenbaum. Her mother was named Anne Borisovna. She was an observant Jew. Her family had a business. The father was a pharmacist and a very successful businessman. According to historical book and statements from Rand, she later owns said that she found school unchallenging and that motivated her into beginning screenwriting at an early age of eight and by the time she turned 10 years old, she began writing novels. They were friends and they shared most of their childhood together. It has been mentioned that the girls used to debate about politics at their early ages and Rand could support Republican ideals while Nabokova supported the constitutional monarchy. “More important than the technological upheaval is the political one” ( Bernstein, 2000, p. 36).
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