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Sumner Arthur Long
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Sumner Arthur Long

Sumner Arthur Long (1921-1993) is the author of Never Too Late. Out on his own early years as teenager during the Great Depression, he joined the Navy and survived the attack upon Pearl Harbor. After the war, he built himself a shack on the dunes near Provincetown (Cape Cod) where he read the classics and taught himself to write. He came to Hollywood in the early 1950s and got work writing many episodes of the orignal Lassie series and others. In the midst of this and with no practical experience of the theatre, he decided to write a play. Never Too Late emerged and the fates were kind to an unknown, beginning playwright - with a Broadway premiere in 1962, directed by George Abbot, and overwhelming critical reviews and commercial success through 1,007 performances of the original production. In the words of his son, Robert Long, Mr. Long "was a keen observer of the human condition/comedy. He wrote in the middle of the night. He was someone you could comfortably sit with in a room for hours, either in silence or having the best conversation of your life. He ate slowly and had a rapid and generous wit. He made great soup and was much delighted when others had second helpings. He didn’t change his house, friends, or family with the success of his writing." Both Never Too Late and Mr. Long's play Angela are published by Samuel French.

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