Spartacus

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North Castle Books, 1951 - Fiction - 363 pages
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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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A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT AMERICAN WRITER
Howard Fast’s great novels like SPARTACUS and FREEDOM ROAD changed my life forever. I’m a proud African American novelist today because of Howard Fast’s
novels. Fast’s central character in FREEDOM ROAD, Gideon Jackson was teaching us about “black pride” long before that term was used in the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. In his novel THE IMMIGRANTS, Fast, a white man, says: “The dignity is in the worker, not in the job.” Like the great Mexican artists in how they treated the simple peasants they drew and painted, Howard Fast had the knack of finding the dignity in the common man that often went unseen by others, whether a factory worker or a hard-working writer trying to give voice to his people.
Will Gibson, author, "The Man with The Silver Tongue" and other novels. http://www.amazon.com/Man-Silver-Tongue-Will-Gibson/dp/1490476768/ref=la_B008TE5ZR2_1_8_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382872244&sr=1-8
 

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Howard Fast was born January 11, 1914. The grandson of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, he was raised in a poor family, and his politics have always been an important part of his life and work. A fighter for anti-Fascist causes and a member of the Communist party, he was jailed for three months during the 1950s for refusing to testify about his political activity. Blacklisted as a result, he founded his own publishing house, Blue Heron Press, which released his novel Spartacus (1951), which was made into a popular film in 1960. Some of his works were written under the pseudonym E. V. Cunningham. Fast's first novel was published in 1933 during the Great Depression, and he has had a solidly successful career ever since. Considered to be one of the world's most widely read writers, his books have been translated into 82 languages. More than 10 of his novels have been made into films, and The Immigrants (1977) was made into a television miniseries in 1979. His novels are page-turners, in which characters struggle with personal, political, and religious questions in their lives. The female characters-a number of his books have female protagonists-are strong, intelligent, and capable people who must fight to maintain their families and their fortunes amidst the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Howard Fast died on March 12, 2003.

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