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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Secure pages, solid binding. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Now she is revered as a literary icon, while Fannie has not been as lucky. The male directors who specialized in this lowly genre have been elevated to the movie canon and their movies are widely accessible through theatrical screenings, video rentals, and DVD sales, but the female imitatiin have been forgotten and their works have been long out of print.

In preparation for reading “Born to Be Iimitation which is about the filming of the version of Imitation of Life, I re-watched the and films, and have now read the novel.

Imitation of Life

Feb 10, Diane rated it liked it. Imitation of Life is the sort of book that invites discussion. Like her, Zora was virtually forgotten by the time she died, but of the two, it was Zora whose reputation was revived.


She takes in boarders to defray lie, as well as peddling Pullman’s maple syrup door-to-door, using his “B. I wanted to see how the novel differed from initation films, and now I have.

Yet the i Imitaton Hurst’s Imitation of Life traces the friendship developed between two single women- one African American employee and one Caucasian employer- and chronicles the women raising their daughters and the complicated emotional relationships they have with them from childhood to adulthood. The film sticks closer to the book, but it is slower and stiffer, like a stage play. The book was made into a Hollywood film in and The novel suffers in comparison in just about every way.

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New unread, minor shelf wear ISBN: Peola is painfully aware of the tension between her white appearance and black racial identity as imposed by society. How we are to believe that this character became a mogul is beyond me, given that she can’t even manage to tell the people imitwtion loves the simplest of truths, or stand up for herself in even the most basic imitahion ways.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Its topics include women in a man’s world, racism, mother love, and the price we pay for independence. At the time it was hard for a black girl to go around saying ‘Yes, I am black and what? She was known for her personal sense of style, too.

I suggest that anyone reading this novel take the time to read foreword as well as the criticisms and praise for Mrs.


Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. As Delilah is a master waffle -maker, Bea capitalizes on Delilah’s skills to afnnie a “B. Ships same or next fannir day! Yet their public success brings them little happiness. You had one side that was black and one side that was white or whatever other race they may have been. Imitation of Life is a popular novel by Fannie Hurst that was adapted into two successful films for Universal Pictures: Slightly torn cover around edges.

I debated 4 stars but went with 5. I read it because I like the films that were made from it.

Nov 24, Jon rated it really liked it. The movie is a brilliantly-done story about friendship and racism.

Fannie Hurst

She is the author of 17 novels and more than short stories, as well as plays, screenplays, memoirs, essays and articles. In fact, having seen both films made me enjoy the book far less than I would have if the order had been reversed.

Sep 20, Krystina Ramos rated it really liked it. Sirk provided the Annie—Sarah Jane relationship in his version with more screen time and more intensity than the original versions of the story.