First Edition of Ayn Rand's Night of January 16th The Player's Book

  • Night of January 16th The Player’s Book: A Comedy-Drama in Three Acts.

Night of January 16th The Player’s Book: A Comedy-Drama in Three Acts.

Item Number: 79092

New York: David McKay, 1964.

First edition of the player’s book of Rand’s classic work. In near fine condition. Edited by Nathaniel Edward Reeid.

Night of January 16th is a theatrical play by Ayn Rand, inspired by the death of the "Match King", Ivar Kreuger. Set in a courtroom during a murder trial, an unusual feature of the play is that members of the audience are chosen to play the jury. The court hears the case of Karen Andre, a former secretary and lover of businessman Bjorn Faulkner, of whose murder she is accused. The play does not directly portray the events leading to Faulkner's death; instead the jury must rely on character testimony to decide whether Andre is guilty. The play's ending depends on the verdict. Rand's intention was to dramatize a conflict between individualism and conformity, with the jury's verdict revealing which viewpoint they preferred.