The stories of Fannie Hurst

by Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968.

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In her heyday, between 1910 and the mid-1930s, Fannie Hurst was the most popular writer in America. Twenty-nine films were based on her novels and short stories. Her fiction was not only beloved by readers, but also acclaimed by reviewers and regularly included in Best American Short Stories . And yet not one of her books remains in print.

The publication of this selection of Fannie Hurst's best short stories is sure to propel a long-overdue revival and reassessment of Hurst's work. No reader of these thirty stories, spanning the years 1912 to 1935, can fail to recognize Hurst's depth, intelligence, and artistry as a writer. Hurst was the one of the premier literary chroniclers of poor and working-class urban life in early 20th-century America, especially the vibrant life of Jewish immigrant communities. She was also a pioneer in writing about the lives of working women, from maids to secretaries to garment workers, from prostitutes to artists. And she wove these threads into captivating, deeply human stories that capture her characters' struggles, triumphs, conflicts, and loves.

Joy of living (1909)
Summer resources (1912)
The other cheek (1914)
T.B. (1915)
White goods (1915)
Sob sister (1916)
A boob spelled backward (1918)
She also serves (1918)
Humoresque (1919)
She walks in beauty (1921)
Forty-five (1922)
The Brinkerhoff brothers (1923)
The spangle that could be a tear (1923)
The gold in fish (1925)
Song of life (1926)
The hossie-frossie (1928)
Funny face (1931)
Home, James (1936).

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "To read Hurst (1889-1968) is to tune into a voice as quintessentially American as Twain and Wharton and to discover the source for Bernard Malamud, Grace Paley, and Tillie Olsen. And because so many of her wildly popular stories and novels were made into films, reading Hurst is also entree into the wisecrack-spiked, tensely dramatic world of black-and-white movies, where working-class gals and guys struggle to survive in the big, crushing city. Brooke Kroeger's fine biography, Fannie (1999), set the stage for a Hurst revival, and now this superb volume showcases the best of Hurst's more than 250 stories, including Humoresque, Sob Sister, and She Walks in Beauty, shrewd tales about women making tough choices in an indifferent world. Combining literary elegance with social realism and a profound humanist perspective, Hurst (a tireless activist for women's and civil rights) was a keen observer of her milieu, but she was also attuned to the timeless conflicts between mothers and children, men and women. And it is the intimacy of her perspective, and her profound respect for the most ordinary of lives, that makes Hurst's stories so vivid, enveloping, and enduring. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish women's series.
Subjects Women -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction, American.
Feminist fiction, American.
Publisher New York :Feminist Press at the City University of New York,2004
Edition 1st Feminist Press ed.
Other Titles Short stories.
Contributors Koppelman, Susan.
Language English
Description xxvii, 349 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN 1558614834 (pbk.)
1558614885 (library cloth)
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