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Spartacus (Paperback)

Author:  Howard Fast
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 156324599X
ISBN-13: 9781563245992
Sku: 30285110
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  372
Age Range:  22
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Spartacus, a fictionalization of a slave revolt in ancient Rome in 71 B.C., is well known today partly because of the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. It was originally published in 1951 by the author himself, after being turned down by every mainstream publisher of the day because of Fast's blacklisting for his Communist Party sympathies. The story of Spartacus, born a slave, trained as a gladiator, who led a slave revolt that was eventually put down by Crassus, was immensely popular, has sold millions of copies, and has gone through nearly a hundred editions. The appearance of this title in the North Castle series brings back into print a book that many regard as a classic, and is enhanced with a new Introduction by the author.
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Spartacus, a fictionalization of a slave revolt in ancient Rome in 71 B.C., is well known today partly because of the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. It was originally published in 1951 by the author himself, after being turned down by every mainstream publisher of the day because of Fast's blacklisting for his Communist Party sympathies. The story of Spartacus, born a slave, trained as a gladiator, who led a slave revolt that was eventually put down by Crassus, was immensely popular, has sold millions of copies, and has gone through nearly a hundred editions. The appearance of this title in the North Castle series brings back into print a book that many regard as a classic, and is enhanced with a new Introduction by the author.Spartacus, a fictionalization of a slave revolt in ancient Rome in 71 B.C., is well known today partly because of the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. It was originally published in 1951 by the author himself, after being turned down by every mainstream publisher of the day because of Fast's blacklisting for his Communist Party sympathies. The story of Spartacus, born a slave, trained as a gladiator, who led a slave revolt that was eventually put down by Crassus, was immensely popular, has sold millions of copies, and has gone through nearly a hundred editions. The appearance of this title in the North Castle series brings back into print a book that many regard as a classic, and is enhanced with a new Introduction by the author.
Author Bio
Howard Fast
Howard Fast, who once commented, "I have more unwritten stories in me than I can conceivably write in a lifetime," lived to be 88 and wrote more than 80 books, including such titles as CITIZEN TOM PAINE (1943), the best-selling FREEDOM ROAD (1944), and SPARTACUS (1953). Fast joined the Communist Party in 1943--a reaction to his impoverished New York City childhood; he was blacklisted and ended up serving time in a federal prison in 1950, convicted of contempt of Congress when he refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. (Disillusioned by Stalin, he left the party in 1956.) In addition to his popular novels, Fast also wrote mysteries (under the pseudonym E. V. Cunningham) about a Japanese Zen Buddhist who is also a detective in Beverly Hills. His last novel, GREENWICH (set in the Connecticut town where Fast himself lived) was published in 2000.

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Library Journal
"The author's novel falters at the beginning from what appears to be a conscious attempt to parallel the past and present, so that Rome does not at first emerge as a vivid scene, but as a tool. However, as the story develops the author's gift for storytelling triumphs and the reader is carried away by the skilled handling of this dramatic moment in history." 03/01/52

New York Times
"Mr. Fast's pages take on a brilliance that recalls his earlier work." - M. Heath 02/03/52

Saturday Review
"As an historian Mr. Fast is, as usual, persuasive. He has supplied all the homely details and evidences of careful research which, a few years back, called forth the critical encomium 'one of America's finest writers of historical novels'....The result is a good novel which may suffer from the fact that attention to Mr. Fast has shifted from the book page to the front page." 03/08/52

Washington Post Book World
"[B]efore the movie came the novel of the same name, published in 1951 by a new York writer named Howard Fast." 11/17/1996

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0372
Product attributePublisher:   M.E. Sharpe
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