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Keith Osborne
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The Fountainhead


Rand worked long hours through 1942 to complete the final two-thirds of her manuscript, which she delivered on December 31, 1942.[69][70] Rand's working title for the book was Second-Hand Lives, but Ogden pointed out that this emphasized the story's villains. Rand offered The Mainspring as an alternative, but this title had been recently used for another book. She then used a thesaurus and found 'fountainhead' as a synonym.[66] The Fountainhead was published on May 7, 1943, with 7,500 copies in the first printing. Initial sales were slow, but they began to rise in late 1943, driven primarily by word of mouth.[71][72] The novel began appearing on bestseller lists in 1944.[73] It reached number six on The New York Times bestseller list in August 1945, over two years after its initial publication.[74] By 1956, the hardcover edition sold over 700,000 copies.[75] The first paperback edition was published by the New American Library in 1952.[76]




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