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The Fountainhead Essay & Criticism

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Critical Overview

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...

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