The Novelist (Fast)

by  Howard Fast

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

"It's repartee takes off on romance, writing ,and society in high style." - The Village Voice

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The Novelist (Fast)

by  Howard Fast

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    1m, 1f
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    Biography, Period
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    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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The author of numerous best-selling novels has written for the stage a rivetting portrait of Jane Austen during the last year of her life. To her amazement, the reclusive English novelist is being courted by a retired navy captain who has read all of her books and feels that she is a kindred spirit. Captain Crighton's earnest charm overwhelms Miss Austen's initial coolness and they become friends. The dashing captain's further pursuit of his lady love is interrupted when he is recalled because Napoleon has escaped exile and again threatens England. Sadly, they have very little time together.
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"Well written." - The New York Times

"A gentle, romantic love story [and]... a charming play." - United Press International

"It's repartee takes off on romance, writing ,and society in high style." - The Village Voice


Aging, Love


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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Setting: April to July 1817, Jane Austen's cottage in Chawton, Hampshire, England
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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Howard Fast

Howard Fast, a noted novelist, screenwriter, and playwright was well known for his literary career that goes back to 1933 when at age nineteen he published his first book, Two Valleys. He then published over 50 novels, ten plays, and twenty works of non-fiction.

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The Novelist premiered at the Williamstown Summer Theatre in June 1991 in Williamstown, MA under the direction of Gregory Boyd.

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