October 21, 1948, p. 13
On Howard Fast's New Novel:
Letter From Louis Untermeyer
to The Publishers of 'My Glorious Brothers'
"I have just had a great experience. I have just finished reading My Glorious Brothers, unequivocably Howard Fast's finest book. First of all, it is beautifully conceived and executed. My Glorious Brothers brims with emotion, but it is emotion always under control; it is a story in which fiery passion is balanced by quiet compassion.
"But these are the least of the values of this book. Fast has taken an ancient and almost forgotten tale, brused off the dust of centuries, brought it into the light, and made it over into a living legend, powerful and beautiful. He has reanimated a fragment of history, giving a particular timeliness today to something which is timeless.
"In style as well as substance My Glorious Brothers is completely and continuously effective. Its mounting climaxes are matched by an accumulating understanding. The concluding report of the Roman legate is a little masterpiece of summary. But it is the work as a whole which surpasses any of its parts. As I said at the beginning, reading it is a rich experience. First of all and most of all My Glorious Brothers is a deeply moving and greatly inspiring book."
(signed) Louis Untermeyer