When she was twelve, Ayn witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution. Her family lost its business and was in extreme poverty during the new regime. Rand despaired of the corrupt Communist system, which claimed to subjugate the needs of the individual to the needs of the many, but was ultimately manipulated by a few greedy and crule leaders, with disastrous consequences for Russia’s economy and people.
Rand completed high school in the Crimea, where she had fled to escape the civil war. She returned to St. Petersburg (then called Petrograd), where she attended the University of Petrograd, and she graduated in 1924 with a degree in philosophy and history.
After Joseph Stalin ascended to power in the early 1920's, Ayn fled to Chicago, and later moved to Hollywood where she started her screen writing carer and later meet her husband Frank O'Conner who were married for fifty years until the day he died.
In 1932, Rand sold her first screenplay, Red Pawn, and her first stage play was produced on Broadway. The play, Night of January 16th, was a largely autobiographical account of the Soviet Union just after the revolution. She completed her first novel, We the Living, in 1933, and it was first published in 1936.Anthem was her second book and was published in 1938. Rand died on March 6th 1982, in New York City.