Born Alisa Rosenbaum in Tsarist St. Petersburg in , Rand witnessed the Russian Revolution as a teenager and promptly condemned communism as immoral for sacrificing the individual to the collective. In , shortly after graduating from the University of Leningrad, she fled to America, adopting the pen name Ayn Rand to shield her family from possible persecution once her anti-communism became well known. In Hollywood, she wrote scenarios for famous director Cecil B.
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For the next ten years she helped him carry out his massive financial frauds on a worldwide scale — and was proud to be his mistress. How would she react when Faulkner suddenly decided to marry Nancy Lee Whitfield, an eligible socialite with a rich father?
The reader and the jury must decide based on clues from the way she and Faulkner lived their lives, clues that reveal what she was capable of doing in the name of her values. He always could. From testimony about how Faulkner and Andre lived their lives, the reader and the jury must judge which version of events is consistent with the type of people they were.
Although he lives outside the law, his sense of honor is on display at every turn. The way he regards Bjorn Faulkner, the way he treats Karen Andre, and the efforts he makes to protect them, all bespeak an attitude toward life that matches that of the two lovers. We wanted to devote our life to spiritual values.
We were planning to leave the city, to be part of some modest community, to be like everyone else. Yet it is Nancy Lee whom the financier Bjorn Faulkner finally decides to marry. The two parties opposed in the trial are as radically antagonistic as will be members of any audience, where some will sympathize with the wife, others with the mistress. Either decision will bring the protest of the opposite side; the case is bound to arouse arguments and discussions, for its underlying conflict is the basic conflict of two different types of humanity.
It is really the audience who is thus put on trial. Karen Andre? It is your own souls that will be brought to light when your decision is rendered!
The Night of January 16th
Shelves: favorites , owned-not-read , opinionator The Night of January 16th is a play written by Ayn Rand. This is the only play I have ever read in my life. It is entertaining, fast paced and demanding at the same time. The play takes place in the courtroom, where Karen Andre is on trial for the murder of Bjorn Faulkner. The plot is inspired by the suicide of Iver Kreuger played by Bjorn Faulkner followed by the crash of his financial empire built upon swindling millions from investors by investing money which he did not actually possess.
Rand, Ayn - Night of January 16th
If you own the copyright to this book and it is wrongfully on our website, we offer a simple DMCA procedure to remove your content from our site. Start by pressing the button below! To the world, he was a startlingly successful international tycoon, head of a vast financial empire. To his beautiful secretary-mistress, he was a god-like hero to be served with her mind, soul, and body. To his aristocratic young wife, he was an elemental force of nature to be tamed. To his millionaire father-in-law, he was a giant whose single error could be used to destroy him.
Night of January 16th
History[ edit ] Background and first production[ edit ] Rand drew inspiration for Night of January 16th from two sources. The first was The Trial of Mary Dugan , a melodrama about a showgirl prosecuted for killing her wealthy lover, which gave Rand the idea to write a play featuring a trial. She based her victim on Ivar Kreuger , a Swedish businessman known as the "Match King" for the matchstick-manufacturing monopolies he owned, before he was found dead in March This incident inspired Rand to make the victim a businessman of great ambition and dubious character, who had given several people motives for his murder. The contract included a condition that Woods could make changes to the script. Wary that he would destroy her vision of the play to create a more conventional drama, Rand turned Woods down. Clive staged the play as Woman on Trial in