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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I’m not weighing in. When I was a young adult I discovered there had been an earlier adaptation of the imitatioh in So I’ll see what Hollywood did with the story!

Imitation Of Life

For me, just the uncertainty of Imitation of Life makes it worth a read. Feb 10, Sherese rated it liked it. That would have been a great film, especially if they showed how her heart was torn between the white world and the black world and her fight to become a whole person at peace with herself. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the imltation to maps or other drawings.

There is also the lowest common denominator: Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3. Kife unread, minor shelf wear ISBN: New Jersey portal Novels portal.

Both the grained and embossed cover and the book are in excellent condition. Please direct permission omitation for these images to permissions dukeupress.


Mon Aug 24th by abagond. Want to Read saving…. This article needs additional citations for verification. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. She could have passed for white in Hollywood if she wanted to, but she chose not to.

Imitation Of Life by Hurst, Fannie

Sarah Jane treated her mother awful for no good reason. Oct 31, Chuck rated it it was ok. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The complicated emotional centers of the story derive from separate mother-daughter plots. Lists with This Book. Imitation of Life is a popular novel by Fannie Hurst that was adapted into two successful films for Universal Pictures: Comb 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.

In fact, having seen both films made me enjoy the book far less than I would have if the order had been reversed. Yet their public success brings them little happiness. In the movie, they wisely cut out all the endless unnecessary pages before Bea meets Delilah. Firstly, I expected Delilah to have a more significant role; however, I feel like she is such a static character – especially compared to Bea.

She is also a stereotype: If you have seen the films, spoiler coming you know that Delilah dies at the end. Oct 18, Anita added it. Pages yellowed, but clean and tight in binding.

She takes over her dead husband’s business Or, in this case, movies. I debated 4 stars but went with 5.


Open Preview See a Problem? Ive seen both versions but the version got to me the most. The biggest difference is that film treatments have always left out Bea’s father.

She hires a black woman, who also has a daughter and who is the epitome of the mammy image, and she helps build Bea’s career by making waffles and candies, reminiscent of Aunt Jemima. References to this book Spurious Issues: Virginia passed such a one-drop law in Bea Pullman, a white single mother, and her African American maid, Delilah Johnston, also a single mother, rear their daughters together and become business partners.

Has minor soiling to cover and pages and page ends, with creases. Thought Hurst needed a firm editor!

Read this as a prelude to the recent “Bird, Snow,” book out now. Not to discount any of the points of view here, but I think time is an important context. Virginianumerous Southern states passed laws enforcing a ” one-drop rule “, requiring that persons of any known African ancestry had to be classified in records as black. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

It wouldn’t even be in print if it wasn’t for the movies. Once a Pancake”, a reference to a line in the first film.