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History professor Robert Whittle believes the world is about to end, though his devoted wife Amanda and young daughter Lucinda don’t share his opinion. Consumed by his depressing prophecy, Mr. Whittle is suddenly distracted by the alarmingly beautiful Penelope Andrews. Penelope enjoys the affections of her boyfriend, fellow student Marvin Greene, but it’s apparent that Marvin is growing restless and contemplating other conquests.

One evening the Whittles decide to entertain their good friends the Blaneys, and it becomes apparent that Mr. Blaney, though happily married, is having fantasies about Amanda. Soon after, Penelope, realizing Marvin’s affection is waning, develops a crush on Mr. Whittle. Meanwhile, Mr. Whittle’s doomsday prediction spreads throughout the town, causing a great deal of unrest and invoking the ire of Amanda—and instigating a series of complicated relationships.

Nathan’s Mr. Whittle and the Morning Star is a charming story of greener pastures, fantasies, and being careful what you dream of—because it just might come true.

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  • “A genuine Robert Nathan with all the sympathetic understanding of character, his quiet humor, and unsuspected satire. A strong ‘yes’ for this book.”

    Library Journal

  • “A brilliantly written piece that is full of shocking turns, including a finish that will have you thinking about what it all means, and by it I mean life, not the book…There is no question—if you enjoy good literature, that this is a gem from the incredible library of Robert Nathan..”

    Andrew “Fish” Fain, writer and sports producer

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About the Author

Robert Nathan (1894–1985) was born in New York City and educated at private schools in the United States and Switzerland. While attending Harvard, where he was a classmate of E. E. Cummings, he was an editor of the Harvard Monthly, in which his first stories and poems appeared. After becoming a full-time writer, Nathan’s work strengthened his reputation with both the public and peers. F. Scott Fitzgerald once referred to Nathan as his favorite writer. Five of his novels have been made into films, including Portrait of Jennie and The Bishop’s Wife. Nathan ultimately authored more than fifty volumes of novels, poetry, and plays, and from this body of distinguished work he acquired a reputation as a master of satiric fantasy.

About the Narrator

Barry Press has been an active professional actor, director, and teacher for over thirty-five years. He has performed off Broadway and at numerous regional theaters from Alaska to Florida. He is founder and artistic director of Living Literature, a Rhode Island–based literacy program.