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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Fannie Hurst

I’ve seen both film adaptations of this novel; each have their pros and their cons. Ive seen both versions but the version got to me the most. Essays on Sex and Citizenship.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The kind of relationship they had was coined as a phrase: Though she may seem insignificant as the archetypal tragic mulatta, she is really a complex character, serving a purpose in exploring how racism is interconnected with emergence of feminism.

And then there’s Delilah who, in both films, is a strong, loving and hurstt person. Imitation of life Fannie Hurst Permabooks, January And, as always, the book is probably better than either film, though I do not know that for a fact: It resonates with white audiences. Hurst depiction of urban life, women in the early 20th century, race relations and the plight of the “tragic mulatto”.

Hurst, while imltation in her day, has largely been forgotten, despite her championing of women’s rights and racial equality, particularly during the Harlem Renaissance and through her friendship with Zora Neale Hurston. Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. First, however, we are treated to several chapters on her confusion as to how babies are made, and to the abusive treatment fnanie out to her by her ridiculous father.


Sometimes, the changes in a sc 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.

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However, I admire Ms. The film was so famous among blacks that Peolathe name of one of the main characters, was still imiration byword for self-hating blacks as late as the s. Have seen both versions of the movie plenty of times over the years and was quite surprised at the differences found within this book.

Imitation Of Life by Hurst, Fannie

Delilah’s daughter Peola is very light skinned and can “pass,” which causes a rift between mother and daug In Imitation of Life, Bea Pullman, a woman whose husband has died, leaving her to rear her child and take care of her invalid father, journeys through her life trying to make her way in a man’s business world. A Squared Books Published: 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.

This movie has made me think twice about having a biracial child. Once a Pancake”, a reference to a line in the first film. Bea is torn between her responsibilities as a businesswoman and those of a mother; Delilah is devastated when her light-skinned daughter, Peola, moves away to pass as white.

To me, the problem I find with movies like Imitation of Life, is that, they talk about those that can pass. Open Preview See a Problem?

Renewed interest in Fannie Hurst has focused on her Jewish background and social consciousness.

In the movie, they wisely cut out all the endless unnecessary pages before Bea meets Delilah. Expedited shipments will be received in business days within the United States. 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 fannoe from its cinematic descendants.


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Slightly torn cover around edges. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from Huurst This book gets llife along the dimensions of racism and feminism.

Paperbackpages. That’s a good reason for anyone to read it, and perhaps the only reason. A bestseller inand subsequently adapted into two beloved and controversial films, Imitation of Life has played a vital role in ongoing conversations about race, femininity, and the American Dream. Thought Hurst needed a firm editor! Yet their public success brings them little happiness.

Reading a novel written over 70 years ago is bound to cause some uneasiness but also causes one to ponder and reflect on how things have changed and also just how much things have stayed the hhurst. Abagond words a day on whatever I want. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Spine has creasing and some surface damage. It was a poor “gotcha” plot twist that was obvious ever since Jessie returned home. Selected pages Title Page.

Conscious Quotes by Fannie Hurst. This bears only a slight relation to the 30s film version and practically no relation to the one, but is fanie to read, nonetheless.

Secondly, that ending was horrific.