Imitation of Life has ratings and 40 reviews. Graceann said: If you haven’t seen either the or versions of Imitation of Life, this review w. Brief biography of Fannie Hurst (), American novelist best known for Imitation of Life. Hugely successful in her time, yet no longer. Imitation of Life struck a chord in the s, and it continues to resonate powerfully Fannie Hurst was a major celebrity in the first half of the twentieth century.

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If you haven’t seen either the or versions of Imitation of Life, this review will have some spoilers, because I discuss how the book is different from its cinematic descendants. Hurst was a Jewish woman and supporter of feminist causes. Among her best-known works are Back Street and Lummox There are no rips, tears, markings, etc. The deeper I got into the book, though, the more I felt that, in comparison with some modern books and especially movies, Imitation of Life gives its African-American characters more depth than many modern portrayals, which are often little more than more acceptable stereotypes which in no way excuses the racism in Imitation of Life.

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That’s just the tip of a very frustrating iceberg. Hurst’s best seller bravely tackles both race relations and women’s issues. He’s essentially right, except that the movies made from her books retain some currency.

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Or, in this case, movies. Imitation of Life Mon Aug 24th by abagond. Fannie Hurst was born in Ohio, grew up in St. But they were not gonna sell a movie with Lana Turner in it by billing it as a story of black struggle.

Her hust comfortable parents provided her with many opportunities and encouraged her talents. Her writing made her fabulously wealthy and she was acknowledged as one of the highest-paid American writers, male or female. Mon Aug 24th by abagond. You are commenting using your Twitter account. All I was saying that if you wish something was more like you want it to be, imitatio best way to make that happen is to do it yourself.

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Imitation of Life is the demonstration of the sad reality that the book is not always better than the movie. Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought.

I really understood the title with the book. As black women I understand the pain that Sarah-Jane went through not saying that I don’t want to be black.

Imitation of Life by Fannie Hurst

Though somewhat wordy for modern audiences I couldn’t put it down. Bea falls in love with Flake, who is eight years her junior. Posted in s,s, AmericabiracialfilmsMammy stereotypemixed racestereotypestragic mulatto 19 Comments. Sometimes, the changes in a screenplay improve a story immeasurably. Although Hurst’s assumptions about African Americans are often false and now very dated, the book still has merit. Pictures available upon request. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe.


What is the significance with Peola’s AM? Nov 30, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hollywood fattened her bank account, making her works into films thirty-one times in forty years. The author of numerous bestselling novels, a masterful short story writer, and an outspoken social activist, Fannie Hurst was a major celebrity in the first half of the twentieth century.

Imitation of Life

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Set in the s at “the Shore” of New Jersey, the novel explores issues of race and class in early 20th-century America.

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