It was known as the “Golden Age,” the time of the great American writer. Yale was grooming such legends as Philip Barry, Thornton Wilder, and Stephen Vincent Benet, while Princeton was home to the renowned F. Scott Fitzgerald, and somewhere out west there was a fellow named Hemingway.
During this same period, behind the hallowed walls of Harvard, were the beginnings of the master of satiric fantasy: Robert Nathan. The author of over fifty volumes of novels, poetry, and plays, Nathan has been widely acclaimed all over the world and revered by literary critics and peers alike. F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that Robert Nathan was his favorite writer. Robert Kirsch, respected critic of the Los Angeles Times said of Nathan, “If he is not the most neglected of our great writers surely not enough readers have been initiated into the circle of his magic.”
Nathan’s unique style where the love story meets supernatural fantasy has stood the test of time. His novels convey a thoughtful perspective that are as relevant today as when they were written. Some have made the analogy that Robert Nathan is the romantic side of Stephen King. His stories not only captivated readers, but Hollywood has also been mesmerized by Nathan’s talents and turned several of his novels into films, including two classics, The David O. Selznick production of “Portrait of Jennie,” and “The Bishop’s Wife.” The latter starred Cary Grant and received five academy award nominations including Best Picture, and in 1996 it was remade as “The Preacher’s Wife,” starring Denzel Washington.