Hurst, Fannie

Hurst, Fannie

▪ American writer
born Oct. 18, 1889, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
died Feb. 23, 1968, New York, N.Y.
 American novelist, dramatist, and screenwriter.

      Hurst grew up and attended schools in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Washington University in 1909 and continued her studies at Columbia University in New York City. With the aim of gathering material for her writing, she worked at various times as a waitress, as a nursemaid, and in a sweatshop, and she made a sea voyage to Europe in steerage. Her first book, Just Around the Corner, a collection of short stories, appeared in 1914. She went on to write more than 40 novels and story collections.

      Hurst's novels and stories tell tales of ordinary people, often women, in sentimental, florid, and occasionally overwritten prose. Their stylistic shortcomings notwithstanding, they are imbued with vitality and unmistakable touches of real life and close observation of places and characters. A number were turned into successful motion pictures (e.g., Imitation of Life [1959]), for some of which she wrote screenplays (e.g., Back Street [1961]). Her autobiography, Anatomy of Me, appeared in 1958.

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