Published together for the first time, here are Ayn Rand’s three compelling stage plays. Written in 1933, and a Broadway success in 1935, Night of January 16th is presented here in its definitive, final revised text-a superb dramatic objectification of Ayn Rand’s vision of human strength and weakness, a play famous for the author’s refusal to prearrange a dramatized verdict, leaving the solution to the audience. Also included are two of Rand’s unproduced plays: Think Twice (1939), a philosophical murder mystery, and Ideal (1934), the author’s bitter indictment of people’s willingness to betray their highest values, symbolized by a Hollywood goddess seemingly fleeing the authorities.
Born February 2, 1905, AYN RAND published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.