Roman Candle

Overview

Mark Baxter is a young scientist, drafted to work on a new Army missile program. His stay in Washington wins him the rank of Colonel, the cover of a national magazine, and the hand of his next-door neighbor, Eleanor Winston. Eleanor is the rich, beautiful, and very ambitious daughter of a U.S. Senator, and she is determined that the man she marries will go even further than her father. They are set to go off to a top-secret missile launching when complications arise, in the form of an alluring blonde named Liz ...
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Overview

Mark Baxter is a young scientist, drafted to work on a new Army missile program. His stay in Washington wins him the rank of Colonel, the cover of a national magazine, and the hand of his next-door neighbor, Eleanor Winston. Eleanor is the rich, beautiful, and very ambitious daughter of a U.S. Senator, and she is determined that the man she marries will go even further than her father. They are set to go off to a top-secret missile launching when complications arise, in the form of an alluring blonde named Liz Brown, who moves into the adjoining apartment. Liz is gifted with ESP. She tells Mark he won't be leaving town with the others (he doesn't); she predicts a long shot at the race track (the horse wins); and she informs Mark that…(but that would be giving away the funniest twist in the play!). At any rate, the first missile fails and spirits go down, a second try makes it and spirits go up, but Mark's romantic difficulties grow increasingly complicated. Along the way the Army, the Navy, official Washington, and the human race in general come in for their share of ribbing but everything gets straightened out in the end.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Journal-American
...maintains a pleasant mood of insanity...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822209607
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1960
  • Edition description: Manuscript
  • Sales rank: 1,441,619
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon's remarkable career as a novelist began when he was 50 years old, after he had already been a success in film and television. Perhaps it was his sensibility for screen entertainment that made him so readily able to produce his addictive novels of love and suspense.

Biography

Best known today for his exciting blockbuster novels, Sidney Sheldon was the author of The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Stars Shine Down, The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Sands of Time, Windmills of the Gods, If Tomorrow Comes, Master of the Game, Rage of Angels, Bloodline, A Stranger in the Mirror, and The Other Side of Midnight. Almost all of them were number-one international bestsellers. His first book, The Naked Face, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best first mystery of the year" and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels became major feature films or TV miniseries, and there are more than 275 million copies of his books in print throughout the world.

Before he became a novelist, Sheldon had already won a Tony Award for Broadway's Redhead and an Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. He has written the screenplays for twenty-three motion pictures, including Easter Parade (with Judy Garland) and Annie Get Your Gun. In addition, he penned six other Broadway hits and created three long-running television series, including Hart to Hart and I Dream of Jeannie, which he also produced. A writer who delighted millions with his award-winning plays, movies, novels, and television shows, Sidney Sheldon reigned as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Sheldon:

"When I was 17, I was happy to be working in a drugstore, because I could steal enough sleeping pills to commit suicide."

"I have bi-polar syndrome and was not aware what was disturbing me until I received an Academy Award and went to see a psychiatrist."

"I have worked 7 days a week as long as I can remember. A business manager of mine gave me $25 worth of tennis lessons. I went down to my tennis court and we played once a week. I really enjoyed it. Playing with the pro one day, my teacher said to me that the money had been spent and did I want to continue. I started to say yes, then I realized that I didn't want to be out on the tennis court. I wanted to be in my office writing. That was 25 years ago and I haven't been on my tennis court since."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      January 30, 2007

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