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1,000 Honor Howard Fast At Peace Prize 1,300 Crowd NYU Building To Hear Fast 100 at Columbia Hear Communist
11 Anti-Fascists Speak At Mass Rally Tonight 11 Anti-Fascists Take Case to People 11 Who Kept Faith
25 Victims to Ask Top Court Rule Against Academic Freedom? Adrian Scott, Howard Fast to Speak at Rally
Artist -- Conscience of the People At Age 81, Howard Fast is Writing... Attack on Howard Fast's Book (The American)
Author Interview: Howard Fast Author reflects on years as a communist Author/Playwright a Fast Man with Kind Words
Ban By Columbia On Fast Condemned Ban on Citizen Tom Paine Raises Storm Banned Books; informal notes on some books
Behind the Bestsellers Being Read: The Career of Howard Fast Books are Burning
Calas menores Cameos: The Novelist Captive Not Quite Freed
Case of Howard Fast CBS Radio Interview with Howard Fast CBS Radio Interview with Howard Fast
CBS Radio Interview with Howard Fast Citizen Howard Fast: A Critical Biography Citizen Tom Paine
'Clarkton' Too Hot for Times Critic Columbia Bars Talk on Campus By Fast Columbia Officials Bar Fast at Forum
Columbia Students Win Right To Choose Speakers Columbia University Bars Howard Fast as Speaker Columbia University's ban on Fast
Comment by the Editors Communism in the United States: a bibliography Communist Controversy in Washington
Confession by a Stalin Prizewinner Conversation with Howard Fast, March 23, 1994 Crimes of the Stalin Era
Cunningham, E.V. Current biography yearbook, 1991 Desertion Under Fire
Dilemma in New York Dr. Compton Quits as Head of 'Voice' E.V. Cunningham
Editors' note Education Board Bans 'Paine' Book 'Ekh Govard!': Istoriia odnogo neotpravlenogo
Encyclopedia of frontier and western fiction Epic Revolt Ex-Communist Memoirs of Howard Fast
Exhibit Howard Fast's Books Fall and Rise of Spartacus Fast Finds Forum on N.Y.U. Campus
Fast friend Fast Living: Author's "Being Red" Fast Memories
Fast Plea Fast receives Stalin Peace Prize Fast to Address Rally
Fast to Speak at American Jewish Cultural Fast to Write in Jail if Permitted Fast way to prolific populist prose
Fast, Howard Fast, Howard (b. 1914) Fast, Howard (Melvin)
Fast, Howard (Melvin) Fast, Howard (Melvin) Fast, Howard (Melvin)
Fast, Howard (Melvin) Fast, Howard Melvin Fast, Howard Melvin
Fast, Howard, author Fast, Rogge to Speak at NYU Today Fast's Life is a Saga Too
Fast's Play 'The Hammer' Presented by New Fast's 'Rachel' Makes a Nice Film Fast's Stories
FBI's surveillance of writers Fiction of the Forties Fine Old Conflict
First Mash Unit Foreword to "Time and the Riddle" Foreword to The Last Frontier
Forum on Negro in U.S. Theatre Tonite Freedom Is Indivisible - Howard Fast Hearings Before the Permanent Subcommittee
High Court Rules Jail For Barsky, Fast History and Conscience History in the Fast Lane
Hollywood '10' Salute Eleven Anti-Fascists Hollywood Writers 'Stand In' for Anti-Fascists at Hope for the Heart and Food for the Soul
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Howard Fast - Shape of the Political Memoir Howard Fast at 80 Howard Fast Hits U.S. Policies
Howard Fast in a New Mode Howard Fast Refused Passport Howard Fast Speaks
Howard Fast talks about his craft Howard Fast to Write New Column Howard Fast, Best-Selling... Dies at 88
Howard Fast, Dr. Bradley Free Howard Fast, James T. Farrell Howard Fast, Mother Bloor
Howard Fast: a critical companion Howard Fast: archive material Howard Fast: Life and Literature in the Left Lane
Howard Fast: Oral history interview Howard Fast: Wool Puller? Howard Fast's Many Sides
Howard Fast's New Novel 'Clarkton' Howard Fast's One-Man Reformation Hunter Bars Fast; N.Y.U. Permits Talk
IN MEMORIAM: Howard Fast, 1914-2003 Interview with Howard Fast Interview with Howard Fast
Interview With Howard Fast Interview with Howard Fast Introduction to "Time and the Riddle"
Introduction to Citizen Tom Paine It seemed like a good idea at the time Jews in America
Laureates of Peace Legacy of Howard Fast Legend of Grandeur
Letter From Howard Fast Letter From Louis Untermeyer Life in the Howard Fast Lane
Look Here. Howard Fast Lost Dreams of Howard Fast Man in the Middle: Unsung Classic
McCarthy Lays 'Sabotaging' to 'Voice' McCarthy 'Tried' Here Mirror for the Nation
More Comments on Howard Fast More Comments on Howard Fast More Comments on Howard Fast
More Comments on Howard Fast More Comments on Howard Fast Mother Bloor Lauds 'Clarkton'
Mr. Fast Explains Mr. Fast Sends a Letter to China Never Again?
New Love, New Novel: At 82 Noticing Howard Fast OBITUARY: Howard Fast, R.I.P.
official reader's report on Spartacus Old-fashioned values On Stage: Howard Fast's First Play, 'The Hammer'
On Stage: Howard Fast's Play Opens Tonite; Open Letter to Howard Fast Opening Night of Howard Fast Play Completely Sold
Passport Denied to Fast, Novelist PCA Challenges School Ban On Novels Peekskill, U.S.A.
Prolific radical novelist Prominent Literary Figures Speak Up Radical Novel 1900-1954:
Reds Renounced by Howard Fast review of The Last Frontier School Ban Asked on 'Citizen Paine'
Shoulder-to-Shoulder Concert notice Son of a writer Southern Negro Youth Congress
Soviet Writers Reply Sovremennaëiìa 'Spartacus' Novelist Howard Fast, 88, Dies
Spartacus: An Interview with Howard Fast Spartacus: Variations on a Theme Students at 3 Colleges Fight Speech Curbs
Suspense Novel By Howard Fast Symposium Examines Howard Fast's Life Talent for All Times
Teachers Are Held Political Censors Thief's Victims To Howard Fast (poem)
Travail of the U.S. Communists Treason in Congress Turning Citizen Tom Paine into a play
Two Groups Protest Ban on 'Tom Paine' Two More Colleges Bar Fast Address Uncle Sam is the Heavy
University Battleground VFW offers Fast one-way ticket to Moscow View from Greenwich
Voice Must Drop Works of Leftists Who They Are word ... and Howard Fast
Writer and Society Writers in the Shadow of Communism Writers on the Left: Episodes in American


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1941. La Farge, Oliver. [review of The Last Frontier]. in: Saturday Review, July 26, 1941. Howard Fast cover by Poletzer.

THIS novel is something new in Americana. At first sight one recognizes that it comes out of the healthy, increasing trend to rewrite the history of our frontier with a new honesty which has tended, first, to be reasonably truthful at last about the Indians on whose dead bodies America was founded, and more recently to perceive that the Indians, too, are a part of American society and that our treatment of them was and is a part of our democracy's success or failure. "The Last Frontier," a novelized history of the flight of the Northern Cheyennes from Oklahoma to Montana, and of the series of whip-pings they administered to the United States Army, does belong among these treatments of a vivid sector of our history. But by its unusual angle of presentation as well as the unusual quality of Mr. Fast's writing, it becomes something new, a book to be hailed with joy and read for pure pleasure and excitement.

1942. Van Doren, Carl. [Foreword to The Last Frontier]. in: The Last Frontier. Press of the Reader's Club.

1943. anon. Fast, Howard (Melvin). in: Current Biography, p.200-202. H.W. Wilson. Bronx, NY.

1943. Benoit, Alan. Citizen Tom Paine. in: New Masses, Jul 6'43.

1945. Hicks, Granville. Howard Fast's One-Man Reformation. in: College English, VII, October 1945 (1-6).

1946. Van Doren, Carl. [Introduction to Citizen Tom Paine]. in: Citizen Tom Paine. World Pub. Co. Cleveland. *

1946. Sillen, Samuel. Attack on Howard Fast's Book (The American). in: Daily Worker, Jul 29'46.

1946. anon. [program: Southern Negro Youth Congress Cultural Festival, Oct. 19, 1946; Columbia, SC]. A performance by Paul Robeson at Columbia's Township Auditorium. A letter by Hennig Cohen, June 26, 1993, explains that the event "was essentially an attempt to organize a leftist supported movement on behalf of the political and social welfare of southern blacks.The times were not auspicious." Cohen attended mainly to hear Robeson and Howard Fast and noted that"several of the blacklisted Hollywood producers and directors" were there and "made a big thing ofannouncing their plans to make a movie of Howard Fast's Freedom Road, based on Robert Smalls, with Robeson as the star. As far as I know nothing came of it either.". South Caroliniana Manuscript Collections.

1947. anon. School Ban Asked on 'Citizen Paine'. in: NY Times, Feb. 5'47 (26). [Book is Declared Undesirable in Superintendent's Report to Board of Education].

1947. anon. Ban on Citizen Tom Paine Raises Storm in NYC. in: Publisher's Weekly, 151(1134) Feb 15'47.

1947. anon. Two Groups Protest Ban on 'Tom Paine'. in: NY Times, Feb. 26'47 (27).

1947. anon. Education Board Bans 'Paine' Book. in: NY Times, Feb. 27'47 (18). [Lone Dissenter Declares that 'Lascivious Passages are Quickly Forgotten'].

1947. anon. Teachers Are Held Political Censors. in: NY Times, May 18'47 (6). [Many Would Bar Some Papers Under Guise of 'Scandal,' School Official Says].

1947. Sillen, Samuel. Howard Fast's New Novel 'Clarkton' Story of Labor Struggles Today. in: Daily Worker, p.11, Sept.24'47.

1947. anon. The Books are Burning. in: Daily Worker, Oct. 4,13,15 1947. [ads for "The Books are Burning" - protest meeting for Howard Fast - Oct.16'47].

1947. anon. Prominent Literary Figures Speak Up For Howard Fast. in: Daily Worker, p.11, Oct.11'47. [Angus Cameron, editor at Little, Brown, joins speakers at protest for Fast].

1947. Schappes, Morris U. 'Clarkton' Too Hot for Times Critic. in: Daily Worker, p.11, Oct.13'47.

1947. Bloor, Ella Reeve. Mother Bloor Lauds 'Clarkton'. in: Daily Worker, p.9, Oct.29'47.

1947. anon. Columbia Bars Talk on Campus By Fast. in: NY Times, Dec. 5'47 (18).

1947. anon. Columbia University Bars Howard Fast as Speaker. in: Daily Worker, p.5, Dec.5'47.

1947. anon. Ban By Columbia On Fast Condemned. in: NY Times, Dec. 6'47 (13).

1947. Mitchell, Louise. Students at 3 Colleges Fight Speech Curbs. in: Daily Worker, p.3, Dec.11'47.

1947. anon. Two More Colleges Bar Fast Address. in: NY Times, Dec. 11'47 (7). [Brooklyn and City Follow Columbia Lead as Protests Over Free Speech Rise].

1947. anon. Fast to Address Rally. in: The New York Times, p. 35, Dec 12'47. [banned at Brooklyn College, Fast will speak at adjacent high school].

1947. anon. Hunter Bars Fast; N.Y.U. Permits Talk. in: The New York Times, p. 17, Dec 13'47.

1947. anon. Academic Freedom? in: The New York Times, Sec.4 p.2E, Dec 14'47. [On controversy of Fast's ban as speaker at NY colleges].

1947. anon. [Columbia University's ban on Fast as speaker]. in: NY Times Dec 15'47, p.24.

1947. anon. 100 at Columbia Hear Communist. in: The New York Times, p. 35, Dec 18'47. [Johnson says Columbia violated Fast's rights].

1947. Cook, Gerald. 1,300 Crowd NYU Building To Hear Fast. in: Daily Worker, p. 3, Dec.19'47.

1947. anon. Fast Finds Forum on N.Y.U. Campus. in: The New York Times, p. 52, Dec 19'47.

1948. anon. PCA Challenges School Ban On Hobson, Miller Novels. in: Daily Worker, p.7, Feb.19'48. [Fast, chairman of literature committee of PCA, asks questions].

1948. Kahn, Albert E. Treason in Congress, the Record of the Un-American Activities Committee. introduction by O. John Rogge, former Asst. Attorney General. 32 pp, pbk, (persecution by HUAC of Gerhart Eisler, Howard Fast, J.H. Lawson...). Progressive Citizens of America. New York. *

IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT to overestimate the extent to which liberty and democracy in the United States are currently endangered by the operations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Scarcely a day passes without some new abridgement of freedom, some fresh violation of civil rights, resulting from the Committee's activities...

1948. anon. Columbia Students Win Right To Choose Speakers on Campus. in: Daily Worker, p., Apr.13'48.

1948. anon. High Court Rules Jail For Barsky, Fast. in: Daily Worker, p.1, June 15, 1948.

WASHINGTON, June 15 - The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear appeals by 11 executive board members of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee against contempt of Congress convictions. In turning down the case, the high court upheld verdicts of six months in jail and $500 fine for Dr. Edward K. Barsky, chairman of the group, and three months in jail and $500 fine for novelist Howard Fast and nine others...

1948. anon. 11 Anti-Fascists Take Case to People. in: Daily Worker, p.2, June 16, 1948.

1948. anon. Who They Are. in: Daily Worker, p.2, June 16, 1948. [the 11 members of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee Board sentenced for contempt].

1948. anon. Fast to Speak at American Jewish Cultural Conference. in: Daily Worker, p.12, June 17'48.

1948. anon. 11 Anti-Fascists Speak At Mass Rally Tonight. in: Daily Worker, p.2, June 24, 1948.

1948. Platt, David. Hollywood '10' Salute Eleven Anti-Fascists. in: Daily Worker, p.13, June 30'48.

1948. Gardner, Virginia. Hollywood Writers 'Stand In' for Anti-Fascists at Rally. in: Daily Worker, Jul 2'48.

1948. anon. Fast to Write in Jail if Permitted. in: Daily Worker, p.3, July 8'48.

1948. anon. Fast, Rogge to Speak at NYU Today. in: Daily Worker, p.5, Aug.4'48.

1948. Maltz, Albert. Fast Plea. in: Saturday Review of Literature, 31(23) Aug 14'48. [letter to the editor].

1948. Biberman, Herbert. The Artist -- Conscience of the People. in: Daily Worker, Aug 30'48.

1948. Tank, Herb. Fast's 'Rachel' Makes a Nice Film. in: Daily Worker, p.12, Sept.20'48.

1948. Untermeyer, Louis. Letter From Louis Untermeyer to The Publishers of 'My Glorious Brothers'. in: Daily Worker, p.13, Oct.21'48. [in praise of 'My Glorious Brothers'].

1948. anon. Howard Fast to Write New Column. in: Daily Worker, p.4, Nov.12'48.

1948. North, Joseph. The 11 Who Kept Faith. in: Daily Worker, Nov 17'48. [Victims of the 80th Congress].


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1949. Rubin, Barnard. Fast's Stories. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 84-86, Oct '49. [review of Fast's "Departure and Other Stories"]. *

A NEW BOOK by Howard Fast, today the most internationally honored American novelist wherever books are read by honest, progressive people, is always an event of tremendous interest - and this courageous writer's present offering, Departure and Other Stories, dedicated to the men of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, is no exception. For here again Fast does what no other American writer whose works have sold in the hundreds of thousands, and millions, is doing today: he presents Communists as human beings, good human beings, heroic human beings; and gives us poignant, exciting and truthful stories about them...

1949. anon. Freedom Is Indivisible - Howard Fast. in: Daily Worker, Nov 10'49.

1949. anon. The Thief's Victims: A National Honor Roll. in: Daily Worker, Dec 2'49.

1950. Anisimov, Ivan Ivanovich [1899-1966], ed. Sovremennaëiìa amerikanskaëiìa literatura; sbornik statei. 236 pp, 20 cm, (Cyrillic). Gos. izd-vo khudozh. Moskva.

1950. anon. Forum on Negro in U.S. Theatre Tonite With Ward, Fast, Childress, Rubin. in: Daily Worker, Feb 24'50.

1950. Sillen, Samuel. Writer and Society. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 76-79, March '50. [review of Fast's "Literature and Reality"]. *

1950. anon. [Shoulder-to-Shoulder Concert notice]. in: Daily Worker, Mar 24'50.

1950. anon. Howard Fast Hits U.S. Policies. in: NY Times, p.10, Apr 2'50. [On Fast's statement regarding the suicide of Professor F.O. Matthiessen].

1950. anon. 25 Victims to Ask Top Court Rule Against Un-Americans. in: Daily Worker, Apr 4'50.

1950. anon. Howard Fast, Mother Bloor Head Whitman Peace Festival. in: Daily Worker, May 26'50.

1950. anon. Soviet Writers Reply to Howard Fast's Appeal. in: Daily Worker, Jun 12'50.

1950. anon. On Stage: Howard Fast's First Play, 'The Hammer' Opens Sept. 8. in: Daily Worker, Aug 9'50.

1950. anon. Howard Fast, Dr. Bradley Free After Serving 3-Month Term. in: Daily Worker, Sep 1'50.

1950. anon. Adrian Scott, Howard Fast to Speak at Rally. in: Daily Worker, Sep 4'50.

1950. anon. Opening Night of Howard Fast Play Completely Sold Out. in: Daily Worker, Sep 7'50.

1950. anon. On Stage: Howard Fast's Play Opens Tonite; Tickets Available Sat.-Sun. in: Daily Worker, Sep 8'50.

1950. Lauter, Bob. Fast's Play 'The Hammer' Presented by New Playwrights. in: Daily Worker, Sep 26'50.

1950. Vary, Michael. Exhibit Howard Fast's Books in Many Languages at Jeff School. in: Daily Worker, Oct 5'50.

1950. anon. Passport Denied to Fast, Novelist. in: NY Times, p.2, Nov 8'50. [On Fast's being denied a passport].

1950. anon. Howard Fast Refused Passport for Peace Parley. in: Daily Worker, Nov 9'50.

1950. anon. Columbia Officials Bar Fast at Forum. in: NY Times, p.29, Nov 21'50. [Fast banned again from speaking at Columbia].

1951. Silber, Irwin. "Peekskill, U.S.A.". in: Sing Out!, 1951. People's Artists Inc., 106 E. 14th St., NYC.

1951. Cameron, D. Angus. [official reader's report on Spartacus and accompanying letter to Fast]. (both dated June 27, 1951). [printed on a single onionskin sheet, folded, ts, 28cm, used as publicity for Spartacus. SeeFast's accompanying letter. Added at top of report: "Official Reader's Report by Angus Cameron, written before he was forced out of Little, Brown and Company."].

1951. Lasky, Victor. The Case of Howard Fast. in: New Leader 34(14-15) Nov 5'51. [Fast is alleged to be one of the few communist intellectuals who really believes the Party line]. [Seidman L112]


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1952. Wilkerson, Doxey A. An Epic Revolt. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 53-58, March '52. [review of Fast's "Spartacus"]. *

"SPARTACUS" is a powerful novel of ancient slave society with rich meaning for the liberation struggle of our day. It is brilliantly written, and in certain sections probably represents the high point in the development of Howard Fast's superb craftsmanship...

1952. anon. Mr. Fast Sends a Letter to China. in: American Mercury, 75(7) Jul'52.

1952. anon. [Fast receives Stalin Peace Prize]. in: NY Times, p.15, Dec 12'52.

1952. anon. [VFW offers Fast one-way ticket to Moscow]. in: NY Times, p.17, Dec 29'52.

1953. anon. Hearings Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations, United States Senate, Eighty-Third Congress, First Session, Pursuant to S.Res. 40 (parts I,II). Parts I and II (of 9), Fast's appearance before the Committee with regard to VOA. US Government Printing Office. Washington.

1953. Ranzal, Edward. McCarthy Lays 'Sabotaging' Of Foreign Policy to 'Voice'. in: NY Times, p. 1, Feb 14,'53. [Fast's testimony at Voice of America hearings].

1953. Trussell, C.P. Dr. Compton Quits as Head of 'Voice'. in: The New York Times, p.1, Feb 19'53. [Fast refuses to say whether he is a Communist in VOA hearing].

1953. Trussell, C.P. Voice Must Drop Works of Leftists. in: The New York Times, p.9, Feb 20'53. [Fast's works must be removed from VOA libraries worldwide].

1953. Likfa, Marion. Howard Fast: Wool Puller? in: Catholic World, 177(446-51) Sep'53.

1953. North, Joseph. Legend of Grandeur. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 58-60, Dec '53. [review of Fast's "The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti"]. *

1954. anon. Laureates of Peace. in: Masses & Mainstream 7:1(8) Jan'54. [editorial congratulating Fast on receiving the 1953 Stalin Peace Prize]. *

1954. anon. McCarthy 'Tried' Here; Fast and Coe Assail Senator at Mock Proceeding. in: NY Times, p.33, Jan 7'54. [Fast at mock trial of Sen. Joseph McCarthy].

1954. Hall, Rob. F. 1,000 Honor Howard Fast At Award of Peace Prize. in: Daily Worker, Apr 26'54.

1955. anon. Howard Fast. in: Twentieth Century Authors [First Supplement]. St. James Press. London.

1955. Sillen, Samuel. University Battleground. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 52-55, January 1955. [review of "Silas Timberman"]. *

1956. Kalinowska, Fryderyka. Howard Fast. 134 pp, 8o, with illustrations, including a portrait. Warszawa.

1956. Rideout, Walter B. The Radical Novel in the United States, 1900-1954: Some Interrelations of Literature and Society. (rpt. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992), pp. 275-285.

1956. Khrushchev, Nikita S. Crimes of the Stalin Era: Special Report to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. (Closed Session, February 24-25, 1956). in: The New York Daily Worker, June 1956. (& The New Leader, 1962. , [Khrushchev's speech was the chief factor leading to Fast's leaving the Communist party]. . New York.

1956. anon. Confession by a Stalin Prizewinner. in: London Observer, Jun.16'56.

1956. Never Again? in: Time, 67(15) Jun 25'56. *

On the 74th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Stalin, Novelist Howard Fast was awarded the Stalin Peace Prize (value about $25,000 tax-free) for 1953 – the highest honor," he called it, "that can be conferred on any person in these times." New York City-born Author Fast, (Citizen Tom Paine, Freedom Road) commended himself to the Kremlin by his judgments on the Communist Party ("No nobler, no finer product of man's existence") and the mid-century U.S. ("Only one virtue remains – betrayal – and the only measure of human worth is the measure of a pimp"). Beyond these words his deeds included a three months jail sentence in 1950 for contempt of Congress, and an emotional message to the leaders of Red China who were battling U.S. troops during the Korean war: "My heart is with you in the mighty struggle..."

1956. Levine, Ben. Suspense Novel By Howard Fast. in: Daily Worker, July 2'56. [review of "The Story of Lola Gregg"].

1956. Lyons, Eugene. A Letter From Howard Fast. in: New Leader, p.6-8, Jul 9'56, p.16-20 Jul'20'56, p.2,29 Aug 20'56 (Norman Thomas). 'An Open Letter to Howard Fast' (regarding his column in the NY Daily Worker Jun 12'56, expressing his feelings about the revelations regarding the Stalin regime in Russia).

1956. Lyons, Eugene. An Open Letter to Howard Fast [praising Fast's final Worker column]. in: The New Leader 39(6-8) Jul 9'56. [Seidman L389]

1956. Walzer, Michael. The Travail of the U.S. Communists. in: Dissent 3(406-10) Fall'56. [Fast's revulsion with the Khrushchev revelations must lead him out of the CPUSA]. [Seidman W17]

1957. Seligman, Daniel. Dilemma in New York. in: Fortune Magazine, p. 101, Feb'57. [first published notice of Fast's leaving the Communist Party, p.238]. *

Fortune magazine was preparing an article about the Communist movement in America, and they telephoned to ask whether I would be interviewed. I told them that I was no longer a member of the party but that I would be willing to be interviewed. Nevertheless, when the Fortune article appeared in January 1957, it carried the news that I had left the party. On the day of its appearance, Harry Schwartz, an editor of The New York Times, called me and demanded to know whether the Fortune piece was right...

1957. Schwartz, Harry. Reds Renounced by Howard Fast; Writer Traces Party Break to Khrushchev Speech. in: NY Times, p.1, Feb 1'57. [On Fast's leaving the Communist Party].

1957. anon. Comment by the Editors. in: Mainstream, p.39-47, Mar'57. [on Fast's "My Decision" to leave the Communist Party]. * [Seidman F56]

BEFORE commenting on Howard Fast's article we should perhaps first say from what standpoint we view it. Obviously we are in no position to speak in the name, nor even in behalf of the Communist Party. But as editors of our country's only Left cultural periodical what Mr. Fast says concerns us deeply. He says it at a time when the socialist-oriented forces in the United States are beset with many baffling problems and their confusion - his document is an example - is very great; yet when the need to achieve some sort of working co-operation, if not unity, is apparent to almost all. It is within that larger context, communist and non-communist, that his opinion falls, and it is one we believe he will eventually relinquish...


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1957. Aptheker, Herbert. More Comments on Howard Fast. in: Mainstream, pp 42-47, April 1957. [on Fast's Mainstream explanation of his leaving the Communist Party]. *

HOWARD FAST, eminent American novelist, felt it necessary to leave the Communist Party, and advisable to announce this decision in an exclusive interview with Harry Schwartz of the New York Times. At the request of the editors of Mainstream, Mr. Fast explained at length, in its pages, the reasons for his decision.
As one who is himself a member of the Communist Party and has come to his own decision - to remain a member - I propose to comment, briefly, since space limitations are severe, upon Howard Fast's article.

1957. Bonosky, Phillip. More Comments on Howard Fast. in: Mainstream, pp 47-51, April, 1957. [on Fast's Mainstream explanation of his leaving the Communist Party]. *

1957. Starobin, Joseph. More Comments on Howard Fast. in: Mainstream, pp 51-54, April, 1957. [on Fast's Mainstream explanation of his leaving the Communist Party]. *

1957. Cochran, Bert. More Comments on Howard Fast. in: Mainstream, pp 54-55, April, 1957. [on Fast's Mainstream explanation of his leaving the Communist Party]. *

1957. Harap, Louis. More Comments on Howard Fast. in: Mainstream, pp 55-56, April, 1957. [on Fast's Mainstream explanation of his leaving the Communist Party]. *

1957. Salisbury, Harrison E. Writers in the Shadow of Communism. (reprinted in The Naked God 186-94). in: NY Times Magazine p.10- Jun 9'57. [Fast's correspondence with Boris Polevoi on his resignation from Party]. [Seidman S2]

For nearly forty years the list of creative artists attracted by the Communist dream, then repelled by the Soviet reality has steadily lengthened. The list is a hall of fame - Silone, Gide, Malraux, Sartre, Spender, Koestler, Wright, Dos Passos. The newest name is that of the American novelist Howard Fast, who last winter broke with the Communist movement after fifteen years of dedication and belief...

1957. anon. Desertion Under Fire. in: The Literary Gazette, Moscow, Aug 24'57 (quoted in Deming Brown: Soviet Attitudes p.292). [Russian response to Fast's leaving the Communist Party].

1957. Agronsky, Martin (host). Look Here. Howard Fast. director, Dick Feldman; producer, Robert D. Graff. television program, Oct.13, 1957. produced as a special project by the NBC Television Network; NBC Television presents. copy: NBC TV Collection (Library of Congress) DLC.

1957. Howe, Irving. A Captive Not Quite Freed. in: The New Republic, Dec.16'57, p.18. [Review of The Naked God].

The first though not least important thing to be said about The Naked God is that simply as a piece of writing it is extremely shabby: incoherent in structure, florid in diction, inflated and hysterical in tone. Since books of this kind are generally treated as "documents," they seldom meet with such criticism; but I am enough of a literary man to believe that Fast's ineptitude is a significant fact in estimating the political meaning and value of his book...

1958. Meyer, Hershel D. History and Conscience, the Case of Howard Fast. 63 pp, 20 cm, 12mo pamphlet, (about Fast's resignation from the Communist Party and media attention to his statements of disaffection: This writer claims the CPUSA promoted Fast's books and helped him become a best-selling writer. Fast writes in his autobiography that he was already a best-selling author when hejoined the Communist Party). Anvil-Atlas Publishers. New York. * [Seidman M258]

1959. Meisler, Stanley. The Lost Dreams of Howard Fast. in: The Nation, 188(498-500) May 30'59. (2,540 words).

For many years Howard Fast the Communist obscured our view of Howard Fast the writer. Flaunting contempt at Congress, issuing tracts against "bourgeois, decadent" authors, rallying sympathy for the Soviet Union, he stood between us and his books and kept us from a special insight into the intellect of an American Communist. Fast, who has left the party, may have represented, in some ways, the essence of America's own brand of communism. The clues to understanding him as a Communist lie in understanding him as a writer...

1961. Aaron, Daniel. Writers on the Left: Episodes in American Literary Communism. (1961; rpt. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992, p. 311, 286-90).

1963. Eisinger, Chester. Fiction of the Forties. 392 pp, 23 cm, 1st, pp 90-93 of Chapter Four: Fiction and the Liberal Reassessment. (an uncomplimentary analysis of Fast's writing as an example of 'Communist writing'). University of Chicago Press. Chicago.

1964. Newquist, Roy. Interview with Howard Fast. in: Counterpoint. 653 pp, 24 cm, 'Sixty-three interviews with authors and columnists and publishers'. Rand McNally. Chicago.

1966. Latham, Earl. The Communist Controversy in Washington; from the New Deal to McCarthy. viii,446 pp, 24 cm, 1st edition, summarizes Fast's appearance before the Committee with regard to VOA. Harvard University Press. Cambridge MA. *

1969. Seidman, Joel (compiler). Communism in the United States: a bibliography. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, NY.

1970. Jardine, Gil. An Interview with Howard Fast. interviewed by Gil Jardine, Jan. 1970. 1 reel (33 min.) : 7 1/2 ips, mono., Discussion of Fast's experiences during the McCarthy era. Pacifica Radio Archive, ARCHIVE #E2BB3973. Los Angeles.

1970. Haight, Anne Lyon. Banned Books; informal notes on some books banned for various reasons at various times and in various places. x, 166 pp, 23 cm, 3rd [1st '35, 2nd '55, 4th '78], Citizen Tom Paine: p 89. R.R. Bowker. New York. ISBN: 835202046.

1971. Campenni, Frank. Citizen Howard Fast: A Critical Biography. 580 pp, Ph.D. thesis (UMI Dissertation Services, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor MI 1-800-521-0600, 313-761-4700). University of Wisconsin. Madison. *

1973. Campenni, Frank & Stanley Mallach. Howard Fast: Oral history interview. [Transcripts of an oral history interview conducted on March 13-14, 1973, by Frank Campenni and Stanley Mallach with Howard Fast. Fast discusses his involvement with the United States Communist Party,primarily during the 1940s and 1950s, his participation in various Party activities, and his relationship with prominent Communist Party Members, such as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Eugene Dennis, and William Z. Foster.]. UWM Manuscript Collection 55, University Manuscript Collections, Golda Meir Library, U. of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, WI.

1973. [Kunitz, Howard]. Author Interview: Howard Fast. in: The Library, Vol. 1, No. 1, Premier Issue, p. 1, October 1973. 92 pp, 23.7 cm, Howard Kunitz, Publisher. Manchester, Maine. *

Howard Fast enjoys a most unusual situation as a famous author although he modestly asserts that he is not alone in this situation. Mr. Fast is not only widely read by a diverse audience, but is genuinely scholarly in his approach toward writing, achieving a rare kind of popular quality...

1975. Untermeyer, Louis. [Foreword to "Time and the Riddle"]. in: Howard Fast, Time and the Riddle. Ward Ritchie. Pasadena, CA.

1975. Campenni, Frank. [Introduction to "Time and the Riddle"]. in: Howard Fast, Time and the Riddle. Ward Ritchie. Pasadena, CA.

1975. anon. Fast, Howard. in: Something About the Author, 7:80-82. Gale Research. Detroit, Mich.

1977. Fast, Howard with Hugh Down. [Howard Fast talks about his craft]. sound recording, 1 sound tape reel: 7.5 ips, mono. 7 in. 1/4 in. tape. (Fast appears on Over Easy with Hugh Down, broadcast on NET, November 23, 1977. Fast talks about his craft and the trilogy on immigration to California on which he is currently working. He also talks about the spirit of Louis Untermeyer).

1977. Mitford, Jessica. A Fine Old Conflict. 333 pp, 22 cm, p xiii, p 4 (a couple of uncomplimentary paragraphs). Alfred A. Knopf. New York. ISBN: 0-394-49995-6. *

1978. Patan, Federico. Calas menores. 149 pp, 17 cm, 1st, includes: El Paine de Howard Fast. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Mexico City.

1980. Campenni, Frank. Cunningham, E.V. in: Twentieth-century crime and mystery writers. John M. Reilly, editor. (& 2nd ed. 1985). xxiv, 1568 pp, 25 cm, (includes a 'resumé' chronology of Fast's life). St. Martin's Press. New York. ISBN: 0-312-82417-3.

1980. anon. Fast, Howard, author. in: Who's Who in America, 41st Edition, 1980-81, p.1049. biographical article. Marquis Who's Who. Chicago.

1980. Smilgris, Martha. Howard Fast's Many Sides: A Born-Again Yankee, Blacklisted Best-Seller. in: People, 13(119) Apr 7'80. *

Most people survive; Howard Fast endures. In the past 50 years he has written nearly 60 books, and though many have sold well, like Freedom Road and Citizen Tom Paine, the critics were usually cruel. In 1950 Fast, an admitted Communist, was jailed for three months for refusing to disclose the names of Spanish relief fund contributors to the House Un-American Activities Committee. For eight years he was blacklisted: No American publisher would even read his manuscripts, he says...

1981. anon. Fast, Howard Melvin. in: Who's Who in America, 1980-1981. Macmillan. Bloomington, Ind.

1981. anon. Howard Fast. in: Contemporary Authors, p.185-186. New Revision Series. Gale Research. Detroit, Mich.

1981. Manousos, Anthony. Howard Fast. in: Dictionary of Literary Biography, 9:277-281. Gale Research. Detroit, Mich.

1981. Sinkler, Rebecca. Fast's Life is a Saga Too. in: Philadelphia Inquirer, Features, Arts & Leisure, p. H18, Sunday, October 11, 1981. [after publication of "The Legacy"].

The audience that came out to hear him speak one cold, rainy night last week was more interested in Howard Fast's legacy than Howard Fast's The Legacy. The latter is a novel - the latest installment of Fast's saga about the Lavette family; the former is the memory of the royal nose-thumbing that Fast once gave the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) during the McCarthy era. Fast had come to the Jewish Y at Broad and Pine Streets to read stories and talk about his long, happy career as one of America's best-read writers...

1981. Rozhon, Tracie. Life in the Howard Fast Lane is Doom & Gloom. in: Philadelphia Daily News, Features, p. 25, Monday, October 19, 1981. [interview on the publication of "The Legacy"].

GREENWICH, Conn. - Howard Fast is one of those delightfully confusing people whose manner seems utterly simple, calm and straightforward, but whose words leave you wondering, days later, if you even scratched the surface. Weeks later, you decide you didn't.
Maybe it's the same with his books - notably his series about a group of immigrants and their descendants. It's easy to dismiss the writing in these four novels as pulpy, the story as soap opera. But like Fast's own words, the story tends to stay with you because Fast is a terrific storyteller...

1981. McDowell, Edwin. Behind the Bestsellers. in: N.Y.Times Book Review, 86(50) Nov 22'81.

Howard Fast and Bette, his wife of 44 years, moved back to Connecticut from California last year because - as he puts it - "my wife wanted to and because I'm very fond of her." He still misses California, though, and it is easy to understand why. It is the setting for his hugely successful multi-volume saga of the Lavette family, the fourth volume of which, "The Legacy," is No. 5 on this week's fiction best-seller list...

1982. Macdonald, Andrew and Gina Macdonald. Fast, Howard (Melvin). in: Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers, 219-223. Gale Research. Detroit, Mich.

1982. Petrov, Anatolii. 'Ekh Govard!': Istoriia odnogo neotpravlenogo pis-ma. in: Znamia: Literaturno Khudozhestvennyi i Obshchestvenno Politicheskii Zhurnal, 163-186. August 8, 1992. Moscow.

1983. Tuska, John & Vicki Piekarski, editors-in-chief. Encyclopedia of frontier and western fiction. edited by Jon Tuska. 365 pp, bibl, ports. Howard Fast: p.90. McGraw-Hill. New York. ISBN: 0-07-065587-1.

1983. anon. Howard Fast. in: Contemporary Literary Criticism, 23:153-161. Gale Research. Detroit, Mich.

1983. Wald, Alan. The Legacy of Howard Fast. in: Radical History, 17 (1983).

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1983. Baker, John F. Howard Fast Speaks on a Half Century of Writing. (PW Interviews). in: Publisher's Weekly, 223:64-5 Apr 1'83. *

1984. Swaim, Don and Howard Fast. CBS Radio Interview with Howard Fast. in: Ohio University's Wired For Books. online RealTime audio. New York.

1984. Murolo, Priscilla. History in the Fast Lane. in: Radical History Review, no. 31 [1984], p. 23;.

1984. Fast, Jonathan. Son of a writer. in: The New York Times Magazine, (July 29 '84) p. 50, il.

1985. Hanna, Archibald (compiler). A Mirror for the Nation; an annotated bibliography of American social fiction, 1901-1950. (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol 595). xiv, 472 pp, 23 cm, p.116. Garland Publishing. New York. ISBN: 0824087275.

1985. Swaim, Don and Howard Fast. CBS Radio Interview with Howard Fast. in: Ohio University's Wired For Books. online RealTime audio. New York.

1986. Campenni, Frank. Fast, Howard (Melvin). in: Contemporary Novelists, p.291-294. St. James Press. London.

1987. Mitgang, Herbert. [FBI's surveillance of writers]. sound recording, 1 sound tape reel (5 min.): 3 3/4 ips, mono. 7 in., 1/4 in. tape (Herbert Mitgang finds that the FBI's surveillance of writers (as subversives) included Hemingway, Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Steinbeck, E.B. White, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Henry Moore, and others)(with the voices of J. Edgar Hoover, William F. Buckley, Howard Fast, Tennessee Williams, and reporters Bruce Morton and Dan Rather).

1987. Fast, Howard with Ron Powers. [Turning Citizen Tom Paine into a play]. sound recording, 1 sound tape reel (10 min.): 3 3/4 ips, mono. 7 in., 1/4 in. tape. (Fast talks about turning his novel, Citizen Tom Paine into a play with Richard Thomas playing the title role. Broadcast on CBS-TV (Sunday Morning), March 21, 1987).

1987. Griffin, Joseph. Howard Fast, James T. Farrell, and "The Best Short Stories of Theodore Dreiser". in: The International Fiction Review, 14:2(79-83). *

1987. Sharma, K.N. Spartacus: Variations on a Theme. in: R.C.Prasad and A.K.Sharma (eds.) Modern Studies and Other Essays in Honour of Dr. R.K.Shiha, p.261. Vikas Publishing House. New Delhi.

1987. Nelson, Nels. Author/Playwright a Fast Man with Kind Words. in: Philadelphia Daily News, Features, p. 40, Monday, January 26, 1987. [Citizen Tom Paine produced in Philadelphia].

1987. Smith, Wendy. The Fast way to prolific populist prose. in: Chicago Sun Times, Feb.22'87, p.27. *

1987. Tescott, Jacqueline. Interview with Howard Fast. in: Washington Post, Mar.3'87, D:1.

1987. Rothstein, Mervyn. Howard Fast in a New Mode with Latest Novel. in: New York Times, Mar.10'87, C16.

1987. anon. Howard Fast. in: Manhattan, Jun-Aug 1987, pp 61-64. *

1988. Macdonald, Gina. E.V. Cunningham. in: Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction, 437-444. Salem Press. Pasadena, CA.

1988. Burton, Pamela and Natalie Roberts. The First Mash Unit. produced by Pamela Burton, introduced by Natalie Robbins. 1 reel (30 min.) : 7 1/2 ips., mono., HF speaks about the first MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) started in Toulouse, and the time hespent in jail because of his affiliation with the Communist Party. Pacifica Radio Archive, ARCHIVE #E2SZ0754.01. RECORDED: UCLA, 21 May 1988, BROADCAST: KPFK, 5/15/88. Los Angeles.

1989. Buckley, Jr., William F. Mr. Fast Explains. in: National Review (February 24, 1989), pp. 62-63.

1989. Kondracke, Morton. Uncle Sam is the Heavy. in: The New York Times, April 20, 1989, Sunday, Late Edition - Book Review Desk. (review of "The Confession of Joe Cullen").

1990. Swaim, Don and Howard Fast. CBS Radio Interview with Howard Fast. in: Ohio University's Wired For Books. online RealTime audio. New York.

1990. Wald, Alan. Fast, Howard (b. 1914). in: Encyclopedia of the American Left, ed. Mari Jo Buhle, Paul Buhle, and Dan Georgakas (New York: Garland, 1990), pp. 219-220.

1990. Isserman, Maurice. It seemed like a good idea at the time. in: The New York Times, November 4, 1990, Sunday, Late Edition - Final. (review of "Being Red").

1990. Rubinowitz, Susan. Author reflects on years as a communist. in: Greenwich Time, Nov'14,1990 (A1-A4). Greenwich, CT.

1991. Moritz, Charles Fredric, ed. Current biography yearbook, 1991. 6711 pp, bibl, ports. Howard Fast: p 206-210. H.W. Wilson.

1991. anon. Fast, Howard (Melvin). in: Current Biography, p.206-210. H.W. Wilson. Bronx, NY.

1991. Szichman, Mario. Fast Living: Author's "Being Red" Recalls McCarthy Era. in: The Charlotte Observer, Arts, p. 3F, Sunday, January 27, 1991.

1991. Gross, Ken. Howard Fast. photographs by Michael A. Smith. in: People Weekly, Jan.28'91 (v.35) p.75-79. *

Howard Fast is rich. Not filthy rich, like the plutocrats he has denounced in such left-leaning novels as Freedom Road and Spartacus. He just has a portfolio of a million or two. "Government bonds," he says defiantly. "Not a penny in unearned wealth. Just the sweat of my own labor and some Treasury notes."...

1991. Sheehan, Henry. The Fall and Rise of Spartacus. in: Film Comment, Mar'91 p.57-63.

1991. anon. Fast, Howard (Melvin). in: Current Biography, v. 52 (Apr. '91) p. 17-22, bibl, por.

1991. Russo, Francine. Cameos: The Novelist. in: Village Voice, Oct.29'91, p.100.

1993. Cornish, Sam. To Howard Fast (poem). Another Jewish boy afraid--of myself facing America in the 50s.... in: Folks Like Me. Zoland Books. ISBN: 0-944072-30-5.

1993. anon. Editors' note. in: New York Times, Nov 19, 1993, A, 2:5. An article in the Nov 18, 1993 edition that described architect Charles Gwathmey's relationship withhis father, the artist Robert Gwathmey, failed to research a statement made by the younger man thathe and his father met up with the writer Howard Fast in the 1950s after Fast "named some names" tothe House Committee on Un-American Activities. In fact, Fast spent three months in prison in 1950 for refusing to cooperate with the committee.

1994. Traister, Daniel. Being Read: The Career of Howard Fast. (An Exhibition Drawn From The Howard Fast Collection, March 23 -July 1, 1994. Kamin Gallery, Van Pel-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania). 24 pp, 21.5 cm, pbk, ill. University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Philadelphia. *

1994. anon. Fast, Howard Melvin. in: Who's Who in America, 1995. Reed Reference Publishing Co. New Providence, NJ.

1994. anon. Howard Fast. in: Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 18, p.167-186. Gale Research. Detroit, Mich.

1994. anon. Howard Fast. in: International Who's Who. Europa Publication. London.

1994. Smith, Kirby F. Symposium Examines Howard Fast's Life and Work. A writer's life in the Cold War: a talk with Howard Fast and more. WWW announcement of 1994 Symposium at the University of Pennsylania.

1994. Karp, Abraham J., editor. The Jews in America: a treasury of art and literature. (includes article on Howard Fast). Hugh Lauter Levin Assocs. CT. ISBN: 0-88363-894-0.

1995. Wald, Alan and Alan Filreis. A Conversation with Howard Fast, March 23, 1994. edited by Thomas J. Sugrue. in: Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies. 20(511-523). Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

1995. Traister, Daniel. Noticing Howard Fast. in: Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies. 20(525-541). Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. *

1995. Pakenham, Michael. Howard Fast at 80, working hard and telling stories. in: The Baltimore Sun, Perspective section, p. 4F, Sunday, October 1, 1995. [on the publication of "The Bridge Builder's Story].

1995. Pensiero, Nicole. At Age 81, Howard Fast is Writing His Best Stuff. in: Philadelphia Inquirer, Local, South Jersey section, p. S01, Monday, December 4, 1995. [Fast speaks on the occasion of the publication of "The Bridge Builder's Story].

1996. Seed, David. Howard Fast and the Shape of the Political Memoir. 11 pp, 29.7 cm, ms, paper presented at the 1996 NASA Conference, June 5-7, 1996 "Writing Lives: American Biography and Autobiography, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, the Netherlands (announced as "The Crisis of Autobiography in Howard Fast"). University of Liverpool (to be published with conference papers, 1997). Liverpool. *

1996. Macdonald, Andrew [1942-]. Howard Fast: a critical companion. 201 pp, 24 cm, 1st, Critical companions to popular contemporary writers, 1074-4193. bibl. references, index. Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn. ISBN: 0313294933. *

1996. Nevins, Francis M. Man in the Middle: Unsung Classic of the Warren Court. in: University of San Francisco Law Review. 30th Anniversary. Vol. 30, No. 4, Summer 1996. pp 1097-1110.

1996. Seed, David. The Ex-Communist Memoirs of Howard Fast and His Contemporaries. 24 pp, 29.7 cm, ms, University of Liverpool (unpublished). Liverpool. *

1997. Trussel, Stephen. Howard Fast: archive material in collections. [results of Oct. 1997 search in the national OCLC and RLIN databases for Howard Fast].

1997. McDaniel, Maude. Old-fashioned values sparkle in Fast's latest. in: Let'sGo / Online Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 29, 1997. [online review of "An Independent Woman"]. http://www.jsonline.com/news/sunday/books/0629bk.fas.stm.

1997. McClurg, Jocelyn. New Love, New Novel: At 82, Howard Fast is as Prolific as Ever. in: Akron Beacon Journal, Life Style section, page G5, Sunday, August 10, 1997. (from Hartford Courant).

1997. Selwyn, Amy. The word ... and Howard Fast. online article. The Standard Times 8-24-97.

1998. Goodman, Amy and Jeremy Scahill. Interview With Howard Fast. Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now, April 8, 1998.

2000. Watts, Max. Fast Memories. online review of "Greenwich".

2000. AncientSites. Spartacus: An Interview with Howard Fast. online interview.

2000. Morris, Edward. The view from Greenwich: Howard Fast on his hometown, politics, and modern fiction. online interview. First Person BookPage.

2003. Gavron, Daniel. A fast friend. obituary. in: Haaretz, Friday, March 15,(?) 2003.

2003. Baranikas, Ilya. A Talent for All Times. obituary. in: The Moscow News, March, 2003.

2003. Cuthbertson, Sarah. Hope for the Heart and Food for the Soul: Historical Fiction in the Life of Howard Fast. offered as a tribute to the memory of a much-loved author. in: Solander Thirteen, Spring 2003.

2003. Rothstein, Mervyn. Howard Fast, Best-Selling Novelist, Dies at 88. obituary. in: The New York Times, Thursday, March 13, 2003.

2003. Bonski, Michael. IN MEMORIAM: Howard Fast, 1914-2003. obituary. in: The Boston Phoenix, March 20-27, 2003.

2003. Buckley, Jr., William F. OBITUARY: Howard Fast, R.I.P. obituary. in: The National Review, April 7, 2003.

2003. Homberger, Eric. Prolific radical novelist who championed the cause of America's common people. obituary. in: The Guardian, Friday, March 14, 2003.

2003. Bernstein, Adam. 'Spartacus' Novelist Howard Fast, 88, Dies. obituary. in: Washington Post, Friday, March 14, 2003, p.B07.

2012. Sorin, Gerald. Howard Fast: Life and Literature in the Left Lane. 24 cm, Indiana University Press. Bloomington. ISBN: 978-0-253-00727-8. *

Gerald Sorin’s biography of the Jewish-leftist writer Howard Fast (1914-2003) examines Fast’s life through the lens of his political identity. Famous—or infamous—for his membership from 1943 to 1957 in the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA), Fast was often more popular in the Soviet Union than in America, although sales of his books and literary rights made him a multimillionaire by the time he died. Sorin traces his life from scrappy New York tenement kid working all hours to put food on his widowed father’s table, to wealthy Hollywood and Old Greenwich literary lion, hobnobbing with the literati... (from a review by Bettina Berch)

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