My consent to the marriage is my right -- but Frank's consent is not my right."Source: Ayn Rand. "To Pat -- February 28, 1948."Ayn: "The highest expression of the most intense union of these two responses -- pride and admiration -- is romantic love.
She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.
Educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead.
In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged.
By Sheri Stritof Although Ayn often complimented Frank and professed deep love for him, the reality of their complicated marriage was that she didn't appear to notice how her affair with Nathaniel Branden caused Frank to feel pain and anger.
Born: Ayn Rand aka Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum aka Alyssa Rosenbaum: February 2, 1905 in St. Frank O' Connor aka Charles Francis O' Connor: September 22, 1897 in Lorain, Ohio. Anne Conover Heller: "He [Frank] mattered a great deal, though not in an ordinary way.
Died: Frank: On November 9, 1979, at the age of 82, in New York City, New York, Frank died. Wedding Date: Frank and Ayn were married on April 15, 1929 by a judge in Los Angeles, California. Ayn: Writer, philosopher of Objectivism, screenwriter, actress. He gave me, in the hours of my own days, the reality of that sense of life which created The Fountainhead -- and he helped me to maintain it over a long span of years when there was nothing around us but a gray desert of people and events that evoked nothing but contempt and revulsion. Colin Greer: "Rand's own life was a cauldron of broken connections, sexual indulgence, war on other people’s marriages, and narcissism of atomic proportions."Source: Colin Greer. Everyone who knew them believed she loved him passionately. Ayn Rand: Ayn died at the age of 77 of heart failure at her home in Manhattan on March 6, 1982. Ayn once described her marriage as a "shotgun wedding" because her visa was due to expire. The essence of the bond between us is the fact that neither of us has ever wanted or been tempted to settle for anything less than the world presented in The Fountainhead. Barbara Branden: "She [Ayn] was the center of his [Frank] life. It [Ayn's affair] was terribly painful to him ... Quotes About the Marriage of Ayn Rand and Frank O' Connor: Michael Ford: "She was a staunch opponent of government programs from the New Deal and Social Security to the Great Society and Medicare. An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O' Connor (husband Frank O' Connor)."Michael Ford. "Right-Wingers Believe Ayn Rand's Every Word, But They Forget She Wrote Fiction." Alter Ayn on her proudest achievement: "I don't measure my achievements that way. But she possessed little or no empathy, a useful and maybe a necessary tool for intimacy. She conflated him with her hoeroes; she insted that he shared all her convictions, her desires, her tastes, and her propensity for moral outrage and contempt."Source: Anne Conover Heller. Ayn and Frank were buried next to one another in Valhalla, New York at the Kensico Cemetery. We never will.”Source: Ayn Rand: "Author's Introduction to the 1968 Edition." The Fountainhead. 139), Ayn believed that Frank saw their affair as a "wonderful adventure" and a "sexual inspiration" and believed that there would be "no victims, no tragedy." Ayn's relationship with Nathaniel ended in the late 1960s. Nathaniel Branden: "Ayn and I met privately twice a week, once in the afternoon and once in the evening, a pattern that we established at the start of the affair. The price of living with it [the affair] was overwhelming repression. But on the spur of the moment, I'd say marrying Frank O' Connor ... We were married over fifty years."Source: Ayn Rand, Robert Mayhew. Anne Conover Heller: "She was buried next to the man she had loved as thoroughly as her lonely, driven, and revolutionary nature permitted her to love, in Valhalla, New York."Source: Anne Conover Heller. Rand-O' Connor Open Marriage: Ayn began an emotional affair with Nathaniel Branden aka Nathan Blumenthal that lead to a sexual affair with him in January 1955. One afternoon, walking from my apartment to hers, I hoped Frank would be gone by the time I got there. And you can't repress about just one issue, it spreads and grows and grows."Source: "Full Context Interview." Barbara Mimi Gladstein: "From all accounts, Frank O' Connor was content in this setting, growing flowers, raising peacocks, and developing the land. He was overly conscientious in not disturbing me -- letting me work late and keep odd hours -- because he had such an interest in my writing. I always told him I could not have written without him. I found it awkward and embarrassing when he greeted me at the door or when I stood in his living room, trying to look normal, while he smiled and kissed Ayn good-bye and left, a husband exiled by his wife's lover."Source: Nathaniel Branden. Rand, who did not drive, preferred urban living."Mimi Reisel Gladstein, John Meadowcroft. He saw who I was and what I would become when no one else did, when we were both young and struggling and had nothing. But Frank is too disgusted with people to share what he is with the world."Source: Nathaniel Branden.