Ayn Rand signed letter (REPRINT). Letter written in both English and Russian.
To Ivan Lebedeff - Ayn Rand.
Russian Part reads:
Dear Old Man - From 'a small girl with frightened eyes' in memory of the 'wardrobe' and many other things - My first justification of your kindness, help and belief in me. With deep gratitude your old lady.
Rand was a world famous author best known for her book "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged". Letter and photo of Rand (REPRINT) are distinctively matted and framed in a walnut finish molding with an embossed lip. Overall size 16" x 13".
Please note this is a REPRINT!
Ayn Rand, (February 2, 1905 – March 6, 1982) born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaumwas a Russian-born American novelist and philosopher, best known for developing Objectivism and for writing the novels We the Living, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and the novella Anthem.
She was a broadly influential figure in post-WWII America, her work attracting both enthusiastic admiration and scathing denunciations.
Rand's writing (both fiction and non-fiction) emphasizes the philosophic concepts of objective reality in metaphysics, reason in epistemology, and rational egoism in ethics. In politics she was a proponent of laissez-faire capitalism and a staunch defender of individual rights, believing that the sole function of a proper government was protection of the individual's right to his life, liberty, and property.
She believed that individuals must choose their values and actions solely by reason, and that "Man - every man - is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others." According to Rand, the individual "must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life."
Rand decried the initiation of force and fraud, and held that government action should consist only in protecting citizens from criminal behavior (via the police) and foreign hostility (via the military) and in maintaining a system of courts to decide guilt or innocence and to objectively resolve disputes. Her politics are generally described as minarchist and libertarian, though she did not use the first term and disavowed any connection to the second.
Rand, a self-described hero-worshiper, stated in her book Romantic Manifesto that the goal of her writing was "the projection of an ideal man." In reference to her philosophy, Objectivism, she said: "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." (Appendix to Atlas Shrugged)