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Published together for the first time are three of Ayn Rand's most compelling stage plays. The courtroom drama Night of January 16th, famous for its open-ended verdict, is presented here in its definitive text. Also included are two of Rand's unproduced plays, Think Twice, a clever philosophical murder mystery, and Ideal, a bitter indictment of people's willingness to betray their highest values-symbolized by a Hollywood goddess suspected of a crime.
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Literary Collections / Women Authors
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An anthology of 50 classic women writers with an active table of contents to make it easy to quickly find the book you are looking for.

Works include:

Adam Bede by George Eliot
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte Yonge
The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Convert by Elizabeth Robins
A Circuit Rider's Wife by Corra Harris
Cranford by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
A Dog of Flanders by Louisa de la Rame
Each Man Kills by Victoria Glad
Emma McChesney & Co by Edna Ferber
The Fire Bird by Gene Stratton-Porter
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Hubert's Wife by Minnie Mary Lee
In the Mountains by Elizabeth von Arnim
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
The Indiscreet Letter by Eleanor Hallowell
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin
Life in the Iron-Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis
Love Affairs of an Old Maid by Lilian Bell
Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
Miss Philly Firkin, The China-Woman by Mary Russell Mitford
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
Phoebe, Junior by Margaret Oliphant
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Simple Story by Mrs. Inchbald
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Story of My Life by Helen Keller
What Not by Rose Macaulay
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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