THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand. To Frank O’Connor Copyright (c) 1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company Copyright (c) renewed 1971 by Ayn Rand. All rights reserved. For information address The Bobbs-Merrill Company, a division of Macmillan, Inc., 866 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10022. Introduction to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition Many people have asked me how I feel about the fact that The Fountainhead has been in print for twenty-five years. I cannot say that I feel anything in particular, except a kind of quiet satisfaction.
It starts with a paperback copy of Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” that I found buried in the sand of a beach in Mazatlan, Mexico in the spring break of one of my college years. I started reading "The Fountainhead" that night and finished it before the trip was over. Back in college at the University of Texas in El Paso, I was able to read the rest of her works. After reading Ayn Rand I was elated by the possibilities of free economies. I continued to read anything that could find that would throw any light on the subject....
There have been many erudite works, in French and other languages, describing the antiquities and historical
annals of Paris from the earliest times; and in English the mid-Victorian era turned out--there are no other
words for it--innumerable "books of travel" which recounted alleged adventures, strewn here and there with
bits of historical lore and anecdotes, none too relevant, and in most cases not of undoubted authenticity.