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Howard Melvin Fast (11 November 1914, New York City - 12 March 2003, Old Greenwich, Connecticut) was a Jewish American novelist and television writer, who wrote also under the pen names E. V. Cunningham and Walter Ericson. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Settled 1640 Joined Connecticut 1656 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - First selectman Peter Tesei  - Town administrator Edward Gomeau  - Town meeting moderator Thomas J. Byrne Area  - Total 174. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[2] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[3] Area  Ranked 48th in the US  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... A Jewish American (also commonly American Jew) is an American (a citizen of the United States) of Jewish descent who maintains a connection to the Jewish community, either through actively practicing Judaism or through cultural and historical affiliation. ... This article is about the literary concept. ...



Early life

His mother, Ida (née Miller), was a British Jewish immigrant and his father, Barney Howard Fast, the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. When his mother died in 1923 and his father became unemployed, Howard's youngest brother, Julius, went to live with relatives, while Howard and his older brother Jerome worked by selling newspapers. He credited his early voracious reading to his part-time job in the New York Public Library. The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the leading public libraries of the world and is one of Americas most significant research libraries. ...

Young Howard began writing at an early age. While hitchhiking and riding railroads around the country to find odd jobs, he wrote. His first novel, Two Valleys, was published when he was 18, in 1933. His first popular work was Citizen Tom Paine, a fictional account of the life of Thomas Paine. Always interested in American history, he also wrote The Last Frontier, about an attempt by Cheyennes to return to their native land; and Freedom Road, about the lives of former slaves during Reconstruction. This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... For other persons of the same name, see Thomas Paine (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cheyenne (disambiguation). ... Slave redirects here. ... For other uses, see Reconstruction (disambiguation). ...


Fast spent World War II working with the United States Office of War Information, writing for Voice of America. But he had joined the Communist Party USA in 1944, and was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He refused to disclose the names of contributors to a fund for a home for orphans of American veterans of the Spanish Civil War (one of the contributors was Eleanor Roosevelt), and he was imprisoned for three months in 1950 for contempt of Congress. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was a U.S. government agency created during World War II to consolidate government information services. ... Voice of America logo Voice of America (VOA), is the official external radio and television broadcasting service of the United States federal government. ... The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) is a Marxist-Leninist political party in the United States. ... HUAC hearings House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC or HCUA) (1938–1975) was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Not to be confused with the Spanish Civil War of 1820-1823. ... Anna Eleanor Roosevelt known as Eleanor (IPA: ; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent... Contempt of Congress is the act of obstructing the work of the United States Congress or one of its committees. ...

It was while he was in jail that Fast began writing his most famous work, Spartacus, a novel about an uprising among Roman slaves. Blacklisted for his Communist activities and his criminal record, Fast was forced to publish the novel by his own Blue Heron Press. Unable to publish under his own name, he used various pseudonyms, including E.V. Cunningham, under which he published a series of popular detective novels starring a Nisei detective with the Beverly Hills, California Police Department. Spartacus is a 1951 historical novel about the slave Spartacus written by Howard Fast that inspired the film by Stanley Kubrick. ... For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... Nisei (二世 lit. ... Beverly Hills redirects here. ...

In 1952, Fast ran for Congress on the American Labor Party ticket. During the 1950s he also worked for the Communist Party newspaper, the Daily Worker. In 1953, he was awarded the Stalin Peace Prize. But, later in the decade, Fast broke with the Party over issues of conditions in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The American Labor Party was a socialist political party in the United States active almost exclusively in the state of New York. ... The Daily Worker was a newspaper published by the Communist Party USA, a Comintern affiliated organization in New York, beginning in 1924. ... The International Stalin Peace Prize (renamed Международная Ленинская премия «За укрепление мира между народами», the International Lenin Peace Prize as a result of destalinization) was the Soviet Unions answer to the Nobel Peace Prize. ... Statistical regions of Europe as delineated by the United Nations (UN definition of Eastern Europe marked red):  Northern Europe  Western Europe  Eastern Europe  Southern Europe Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current borders: Russia (dark orange), other countries formerly part of the USSR...

Shortly afterward, Fast wrote April Morning, an account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord from the perspective of a fictional teenager. While not originally intended as a "young adult" novel, it has become a frequent assignment in American secondary schools and is probably thus his most popular work in the early 21st century. A film version was made for television in 1988. April Morning is a 1961 novel by Howard Fast depicting the Battle of Lexington and Concord from the perspective of a fictional teenager, Adam Cooper. ... The Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 was the first battle of the American Revolutionary War and was described as the shot heard round the world in Emersons Concord Hymn. ...

In 1974, Fast and his family moved to California, where he wrote television scripts, including such television programs as How the West Was Won. In 1977, he published The Immigrants, the first of a six-part series of novels. This article is about the U.S. state. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... How the West Was Won was a western television series that starred James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, and Bruce Boxleitner. ... The Immigrants (‎, HaOlim) was a short-lived one-man political faction in Israel. ...

He married his first wife, Bette Cohen, on June 6, 1937. Their children are Jonathan and Rachel. Bette died in 1994. In 1999 he married Mercedes O'Connor, who had already three sons.

Fast's son Jonathan Fast, himself a novelist, was the husband of novelist Erica Jong, their daughter is the novelist Molly Jong-Fast. Jonathan Fast (born April 13, 1948, in New York City, New York) is an American author and social work educator. ... Erica Jong (née Mann, born March 26, 1942, in New York City, New York) is an American author and educator. ... Molly Jong-Fast is an United States author. ...


  • Jews - Story of People (1982) ISBN 0-440-34444-1
  • Peekskill USA: Inside the Infamous 1949 Riots (1951, reprinted 2006) ISBN 0-486-45296-4

The so-called Peekskill Riots were anti-communist riots (with anti-black and anti-Semitic undertones) that took place at Van Cortlandtville, Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York State in 1949. ...


  • Being Red (1990)
  • The Naked God: The Writer and the Communist Party (1957)


  • Two Valleys (1933)
  • Strange Yesterday (1934)
  • Place in the City (1937)
  • Conceived in Liberty; a novel of Valley Forge (1939)
  • The Last Frontier (novel) (1941)
  • The Unvanquished (1942)
  • Citizen Tom Paine (1943)
  • Freedom Road (1944)
  • The American: A Middle Western Legend (1946)
  • Clarkton (1947)
  • The Children (1947)
  • My Glorious Brothers (1948)
  • The Proud and the Free (1950)
  • Spartacus (1951) ISBN 1-56324-599-X
  • The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, a New England legend (1953)
  • Silas Timberman (1954)
  • The Story of Lola Gregg (1956)
  • Moses, Prince of Egypt (1958)
  • The Winston Affair (1959)
  • The Golden River (1960)
  • April Morning (1961)
  • Power (1962)
  • Agrippa's Daughter (1964)
  • Torquemada (1966)
  • Sally (1967)
  • The Crossing (1971)
  • The Hessian (1972)
  • The Immigrants (1977)
  • Second Generation (1978)
  • The Establishment (1979)
  • The Legacy (1981)
  • Max (1982)
  • The Outsider (1984)
  • The Immigrant's Daughter (1985)
  • The Dinner Party (1987)
  • The Pledge (1988)
  • The Confession of Joe Cullen (1989)
  • The Trial of Abigail Goodman (1993)
  • Seven Days in June (1994)
  • The Bridge Builder's Story (1995)
  • An Independent Woman (1997)
  • Redemption (1999)
  • Greenwich (2000) ISBN 0-15-100620-2
  • Bunker Hill (2001)

Conceived in Liberty, authored by Murray Rothbard, is a 4-volume set covering the complete history of the United States from the pre-colonial period through the American Revolutionary War. ... This article is about the American Revolutionary War winter encampment. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Spartacus is a 1951 historical novel about the slave Spartacus written by Howard Fast that inspired the film by Stanley Kubrick. ... April Morning is a 1961 novel by Howard Fast depicting the Battle of Lexington and Concord from the perspective of a fictional teenager, Adam Cooper. ... Power is a novel by Howard Fast detailing the rise of the fictional (?) Benjamin Holt, leader of the International Miners Union, in the 1920s and 30s. ... Sally might mean any of the following: Look up Sally in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

The Masao Masuto Mysteries (as E. V. Cunningham)

  • The Case of the Angry Actress (first titled Samantha 1967)
  • The Case of the One-Penny Orange (1977)
  • The Case of the Russian Diplomat (1978)
  • The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs (1979)
  • The Case of the Sliding Pool (1981)
  • The Case of the Kidnapped Angel (1982)
  • The Case of the Murdered Mackenzie (1984)

Short stories

  • "The First Men" (1960)
  • "Time & the Riddle" thirty-one zen stories (1975)

The First Men is a 1960 science fiction short story by Howard Fast. ...

Film Scripts

  • Mirage (film) 1965

External links

  • Howard Fast at ISFDB
  • trussel.com Howard Fast: Comprehensive Bibliography & Texts
  • 1984, 1985, 1990 interviews with Howard Fast by Don Swaim at Wired for Books.
Don Swaim is an American journalist, writer, and broadcaster. ... Wired for Books <http://wiredforbooks. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Howard Fast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (578 words)
Howard Melvin Fast (November 11, 1914 – March 12, 2003) was an American novelist and television writer.
Shortly afterward, Fast wrote April Morning, an account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord from the perspective of a fictional teenager.
Fast's son Jonathan Fast, himself a novelist, was the husband of novelist Erica Jong.
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