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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The film is worth seeingbut do not get your hopes up. Lige was still living in one of the spoils of her lucrative career, a triplex apartment overlooking Central Park in New York City. And then there’s Delilah who, in both films, is a strong, loving and honorable person.

Imitation of Life

I am trying to be cagey about the details, but I’m sure something will slip through that might impact your enjoyment, so read on at your own risk. It resonates with white audiences. Not in those times. She also supported African Americans in their struggle for greater equality. Also, I did not care for Hurst’s style a lot of the time but I know some people who did like it.

The girl has “light skin” as described then; it shows her partial European descent, which is not as obvious in her mother. 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.


The book is a rambling feminist rant. Movies like this, make it sound like all mixed people are tragic. Description A bestseller inand subsequently adapted into two beloved and controversial films, Imitation of Life has played a vital role in ongoing conversations hjrst race, femininity, and the American Fannnie.

Fannie Hurst

At the start of her writing career, she contributed to magazines including the Saturday Evening PostCenturyand Cosmopolitan. The film was so famous among blacks that Peolathe name of one of fannue main characters, was still a byword for self-hating blacks as late as the s.

New unread, minor shelf wear. Jun 29, Carmen Slaughter rated it it was ok.

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. This page was last ikitation on 31 Decemberat May 05, Scarlett Copperfly rated it really liked it.

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Jun 24, Elyce Mann rated it it was ok. Essays on Sex and Citizenship. Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright. Imitatiln of Life Author s: This Duke edition offers a scholarly intro and textual notes.

fanmie Spine has creasing and some surface damage. Have been reading this book since October and am glad I finally finished it.

Once I got past the offensive context Bea capitalizing on Delilah like a master-slave relationship and melodrama, I found the book to be worth reading. Your Friend’s First Name: My understanding of the story before I saw the two films was that it was about a black girl named Peola who looked white and tried to pass for white by disowning her very black-looking mother. Your Friends Email Address: Instead, Bea Pullman is a female David Levinsky.


That’s a good reason for anyone to read it, and perhaps the only reason. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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I have plenty in my family and your right to some degree. As Delilah is a master waffle -maker, Bea capitalizes on Delilah’s skills to open a “B.

Chipley and Benjamin Pullman, a boarder who peddles ketchup and relish on the boardwalk and sells imktation syrup door-to-door. Like her, Zora was virtually forgotten by the time she died, but of the two, it was Zora whose reputation was revived. Expedited shipments will be received in business days within the United States. In preparation for reading “Born to Be Hurt” which is about the filming of the version of Imitation of Life, I re-watched the and films, and have now read lif novel.

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