Historically, the idea of the lone creative visionary—Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark, for instance—was given broader acceptance than the team-oriented creative working structures in favor today. Design legend Paul Rand would famously present clients with only one creative concept or execution—the one he believed most strongly in—and he was paid up-front to boot. Such a notion is untenable today, if not downright outrageous.
Andrew Collinge, celebrity hairdresser - The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand
This classic novel by Ayn Rand, although written in 1943, could apply to any era.
The outline of the story is of an aspiring young architect who struggles against traditionalists. It’s about embracing modernity and not compromising one’s beliefs, and ultimately being true to one’s self.
The Atlantic Monthly
Any writer looking for a shortcut knows well the story of how Ayn Rand finished The Fountainhead. The tale goes something like this: It was the 1940s, Rand was in New York writing and working in an architectural office to gather material to create her protagonist Howard Roark. The Fountainhead’s book deal was initially signed with Knopf, which gave her a year to finish the book. Rand worked long hours and struggled to meet the deadline, and after another year’s extension she was dropped by Knopf. At that point, Rand started taking Benzedrine, an amphetamine, to extend her writing hours to finish the book—which comes in at over 700 pages and 300,000 words. The Fountainhead became her second-best-selling book.