The Fountainhead is a novel by author and philosopher Ayn Rand that was first published in 1943. The novel, which frowns upon pity and compassion and advocates the use of violence as a tool like any other—neither good nor bad, but sometimes necessary—was Rand’s, first great success. Explore the plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Howard Roark, and important quotes.


See a complete list of the characters in The Fountainhead and in-depth analyses of Howard Roark, Ellsworth Toohey, Dominique Francon, Gail Wynand, and Peter Keating.

Literary Devices

Here is where you will find analysis of the main themes, motifs, and symbols in The Fountainhead.


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Deeper Study

Go further in your study of The Fountainhead by reading background information about Ayn Rand as well as mini essays on key topics.


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