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ALEXANDRA BRUSHTEIN (1884-1968) was born in Vilnius and finished her education at the Bestuzhevsky Courses in St. Petersburg. Even while still in gymnasium in Vilnius, she gave lessons at free night schools for workers. A long-time proponent of education, after the 1917 revolution she helped open over 170 literacy schools. She wrote over 60 plays. Her autobiographical novel The Road Leads to the Horizon, was first published in 1964 and has since been a favorite among children and adults.