Study Guide

The Fountainhead Criticism

This Study Guide consists of approximately 84 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Fountainhead.
This section contains 393 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The Fountainhead Study Guide

Critical response to The Fountainhead after it was published in 1952 was decidedly mixed. Readers disagreed about the merit of the philosophy Rand expressed in the novel as well as her characterizations and writing style.

In "Ayn Rand's Neurotic Personalities of Our Times," Paul Deane notes that while "some critics have praised Rand for writing novels of ideas, calling her a thoughtful spokesperson for laissezfaire capitalism, many others have found her work too simplistic and didactic." Positive reviews include Dayana Stetco, who, in her overview of Rand for the Reference Guide to American Literature, claims that the novel is "a celebration of the self—a victory of individualism over collectivism." Chris Sciabarra in his article on Rand for American Writers insists that Rand has clearly and persuasively presented complex ideas" in the novel. Lorine Pruette's review for the New York Times Book Review commented that this "novel of...

(read more from the Critical Overview section)

This section contains 393 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy The Fountainhead Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
The Fountainhead from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.