Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sexuality. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.

In celebration of this masterwork's 50th anniversary, Penguin presents an overview of the woman behind it, and her body of work:

Listen to audio excerpts from Ayn Rand's celebrated 'Cultural Update' presented as part of the Ford Hall Forum lecture series in 1978. View historic photographs of Ayn Rand. Browse through her catalog of work, including excerpts and reading guides. And take 15% off the 50th Anniversary mass market edition of Atlas Shrugged.

Excerpts from 'Cultural Update' provided by The Ayn Rand Institute