139 East 35th Street
New York City
October 18, 1943
Dear Miss Thomas:
Thank you for your fine letter. I am glad if “The Fountainhead” was the first book that made you want to write to its author.
I am gratified that it has given you “a better understanding and perhaps more respect for buildings.” I had hoped that one of the effects of my novel would be to infect some readers with my own love for New York. I can say that I am actually in love with skyscrapers—and with the magnificent talent that made Americans capable of constructing them.