Fast, Howard, 1914-2003

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Popular and prolific novelist Howard Fast was born in New York City. His parents were poor immigrants, and he worked odd jobs as a youth, crediting his love of reading to a job as a page at the New York Public Library. He published his first novel at eighteen, and found early success writing adventures set in America's past. He worked for the Office of War Information during World War II, writing for the radio program Voice of America. A Communist from about 1944-1956, Fast appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1950, was jailed briefly for contempt, and blacklisted, compelling him to write under various pseudonyms, and to found the Blue Heron press to publish his work. While in prison he wrote Spartacus, one of his most enduring works. He is perhaps best known for April Morning and The Immigrants saga. He also wrote science fiction, mysteries, plays, and screenplays.

From the description of Howard Fast letters to Louis and Bryna Untermeyer and related material, 1951-1975 (bulk 1974-1975). (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70901296

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Fast, Jonathan,. Alone : a monodrama / Jonathan Fast ; from a libretto by Howard Fast. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Fast, Howard, 1914-2003. The lion's cub : a play in two acts, [1978] / by Howard Fast. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Gay, John. Scratch my back : screenplay, 1965 Nov. 15 / by John Gay ; from the novel Lydia by Howard Fast. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Goldstone, Nathan C. Nathan C. Goldstone papers, circa 1925-1965. University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Women's National Book Association Records, 1917-2013. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986. Papers, 1947-1967. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Vladimir Dedijer papers, 1881-1987, 1940-1980 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Molloy, Robert, 1906-1977. Robert Molloy papers, 1929-1976. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn Jerome, V. J. (Victor Jeremy), 1896-1965. Victor Jeremy Jerome papers, 1923-1967 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Fast, Howard Melvin, 1914-. Espartaco [recurso electrónico] / Howard Fast. Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico
referencedIn Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1864-1944. Records, 1899-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Campenni, Frank, 1930-2000. Frank Campenni papers, 1932-1977. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, UWM Libraries
referencedIn Guide to the Barbara Kopple Collection on the Peekskill Riots, 1925-1999 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Harold Arlen papers, 1947-1967 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Guide to the Steve Nelson Papers, 1937-1991 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968. Upton Sinclair collection of papers, 1906-1962. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Paul Revere Reynolds Papers, 1899-1980. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. Thirty Pieces of Silver / written by Howard Fast ; directed by Toby Gordon, 1953 - poster. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
creatorOf Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. Thirty Pieces of Silver / by Howard Fast, 1953 - house program. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
referencedIn Alman, David, 1919-. David and Emily Alman collection, 1915-2000. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Miriam Bogorad Gittelson Papers and Photographs, Bulk, 1930-1945, 1925-1975 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Charles Allan Madison Papers, 1918-1935 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Harris, L. mss., 1931-1977 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Maltz, Albert, 1908-1985. Papers, 1932-1985. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Fast, Howard, 1914-2003. Correspondence to Maxwell Struthers Burt, 1942. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Upton Sinclair collection of papers, 1906-1962 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn National Council of American-Soviet Friendship Records, 1919-1990 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Play Actors Collection. Thirty Pieces of Silver / by Howard Fast ; directed by Toby Gordon, 1953. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
creatorOf Hugo Gellert papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn Hiss, Isabel Dowden Johnson, 1908-2000. Papers, 1907-2000 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Fahnestock, Karol. Song of peace / words taken from Howard Fasts poem Song of peace ; [music by] Karol Fahnestock. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Guide to the Charles Allan Madison Papers, 1918-1935 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn National Council of American-Soviet Friendship Records, Bulk, 1943-1988, 1919-1990 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. Thirty Pieces of Silver / by Howard Fast ; directed by Toby Gordon, 1955 - performance file. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
referencedIn Miriam Bogorad Gittelson Papers, c. 1930-c. 1945, 1969 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. Thirty Pieces of Silver / Howard, Fast, 1953 - production photos. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
referencedIn Nathan C. Goldstone papers, circa 1935-1965 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Kenneth Neill Cameron Papers, 1910-1992 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Clements, Calvin. How the west was won. Part six / Clements, Fast, Mantley, Miller, Wallace. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Women's National Book Association. Women's National Book Association records, 1917-1989. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Sam Schaefler historical and literary letters and documents, 1674-1970s Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Humboldt, Charles, 1910-1964. Charles Humboldt papers, 1935-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Sterling Lord Archive, Bulk, 1952-1998, 1946-1998 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Dreier, Mary E. (Mary Elisabeth), 1875-1963. Papers, 1797-1963 (inclusive), 1897-1963 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Charles Humboldt papers, 1935-1963 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Fast, Howard, 1914-2003. Howard Fast letters to Louis and Bryna Untermeyer and related material, 1951-1975 (bulk 1974-1975). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Cohen, Hennig. Hennig Cohen papers, 1946-1993. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn Carl Aldo Marzani Papers, Bulk, 1935-1975, [1890]-1994, (Bulk 1935-1975) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Marzani, Carl. Papers, 1890-1994 (bulk 1935-1975). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn William Golden Camp Wo-Chi-Ca Photographs, circa 1940-1955 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Williams, Annie Laurie, 1894-1977. Annie Laurie Williams records, 1922-1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Anton Refregier papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee. Correspondence with Wanda Gág, 1944. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. Papers, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (U.S.). Records, 1919-1990. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Guide to the Kenneth Neill Cameron Papers, 1910-1992 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
referencedIn Carl Aldo Marzani Papers [1890]-1994, (bulk 1935-1975). Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Carl Aldo Marzani Papers [1890]-1994, (bulk 1935-1975). Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Role Title Holding Repository
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correspondedWith Alman, David, 1919- person
associatedWith Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986. person
associatedWith Cameron, Angus (Donald Angus), person
associatedWith Cameron, Kenneth Neill person
associatedWith Cameron, Kenneth Neill. person
associatedWith Campenni, Frank, 1930-2000. person
associatedWith Cohen, Hennig. person
associatedWith Dedijer, Vladimir. person
associatedWith Dreier, Mary E. (Mary Elisabeth), 1875-1963. person
associatedWith Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. person
associatedWith Fahnestock, Karol. person
associatedWith Fast, Jonathan, person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Gay, John. person
associatedWith Gellert, Hugo, 1892-1985. person
associatedWith Gittelson, Miriam Bogorad person
associatedWith Gittelson, Miriam Bogorad person
associatedWith Gober, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Golden, William (Bill) person
associatedWith Goldstone, Nathan C. person
associatedWith Goldstone, Nathan C. person
associatedWith Harris, Leon A. person
associatedWith Hiss, Isabel Dowden Johnson, 1908-2000. person
associatedWith Humboldt, Charles, 1910-1964. person
associatedWith Jerome, V. J. (Victor Jeremy), 1896-1965. person
associatedWith Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Kopple, Barbara. person
associatedWith Madison, Charles Allan person
associatedWith Madison, Charles Allan. person
associatedWith Maltz, Albert, 1908-1985. person
associatedWith Marzani, Carl person
associatedWith Marzani, Carl. person
correspondedWith Molloy, Robert, 1906-1977. person
associatedWith National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nelson, Steve, 1903- person
associatedWith Play Actors Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Refregier, Anton, 1905- person
associatedWith Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1864-1944. person
associatedWith Schaefler, Sam, 1920-, person
associatedWith Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968. person
associatedWith Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Toby Gordon Ryan Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Untermeyer, Bryna Ivens, person
associatedWith Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977, person
associatedWith Williams, Annie Laurie, 1894-1977. person
associatedWith Women's National Book Association. corporateBody
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
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Birth 1914-11-11

Death 2003-03-12

Americans

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