Atlas Shrugged is a novel by author and philosopher Ayn Rand that was first published in 1957. Her longest and most elaborate novel as well as her final fictional work, it is considered Rand’s crowning achievement as a fiction writer. In the novel, she traces the lives of several individuals who are involved in big business in the United States, exalting their will to succeed and their self-centered egoism. Atlas Shrugged fleshes out the philosophy of Objectivism that Rand had been developing throughout her life.


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Literary Devices

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Deeper Study

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