Forgot your password?  

The Fountainhead Summary
Ayn Rand

Everything you need to understand or teach The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

  • The Fountainhead Summary & Study Guide
  • 8 Student Essay
  • 4 Literature Criticism
  • 1 Book Note
  • ...and more
  • 30 The Fountainhead Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

The Fountainhead Summary

Introduction

After Ayn Rand finished writing The Fountain-head, the manuscript was rejected by twelve publishers who claimed, as Laurence Miller notes in an article on the author for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, it was "commercially unsuitable because it was too politically and philosophically controversial, too intellectual, too improbable a story, too long, poorly written, and dull, and because it employed an unsympathetic hero." After Rand submitted it to Bobbs-Merrill, editor Archie Ogden recommended that the book be published. When his superiors disagreed, Ogden countered, "If this is not the book for you, then I am not the editor for you." This was enough to convince them to publish the novel in 1943.

While initial reviews were mixed, the public's approval grew each year until 1945, when it stayed on the best-seller list for twenty-six weeks. Sales are currently near three million copies. Readers responded not only to the story of brilliant...

(read more from the Study Guide)

Study Pack

The The Fountainhead Study Pack contains about 253 pages of study material in 19 products, including:

The Fountainhead Study Guide

Lesson Plan

All teaching products sold separately.

The Fountainhead Lesson Plans contain 166 pages of teaching material, including:

Follow Us on Facebook