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- DescriptionThis title remembers a star and an era. In the early 1920s, Fannie Hurst's ermous popularity made her the highest-paid writer in America. She conquered the literary scene at the same time the silent movie industry began to emerge as a tremendously profitable and popular form of entertainment. Abe C. Ravitz tes the parallel between Hurst's growing acclaim and the evolution of silent films, from which she borrowed ideas and techniques that furthered her career. Ravitz tes that Hurst was amazingly adept at anticipating what the public wanted. Sensing that the national interest was shifting from rural to urban subjects, Hurst set her immigrant tales and her 'woiking goil' tales in urban America. In her early stories, she tried to bridge the gap between Old World and New World citizens, each somewhat fearful and suspicious of the other. She wrote of love and ethnicity - bringing the Jewish Mother to prominence - of race relations and prejudice, and of the woman alone in her quest for selfhood. Ravitz argues, in fact, that her socially oriented tales and her portraits of women in the city clearly identify her as a forerunner of contemporary feminism. Ravitz brings to life the popular culture from 1910 through the 1920s, tracing the meteoric rise of Hurst and depicting the colorful cast of characters surrounding her. He reproduces for the first time the Hurst correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, Charles and Kathleen Norris, and Gertrude Atherton. Fellow writers Rex Beach and Vachel Lindsay also play important roles in Ravitz's portrait of Hurst, as does Zora Neale Hurston, who awakened Hurst's interest in the Harlem Renaissance and in race relations, as shown in Hurst's vel Imitation of Life .
- Author BiographyAbe C. Ravitz is a professor emeritus of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills. His books include Leane Zugsmith: Thunder on the Left, Rex Beach, Alfred Henry Lewis, David Graham Phillips, and Clarence Darrow and the American Literary Tradition.
- Author(s)Abe C. Ravitz
- PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2009
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCarbondale
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSouthern Illinois University Press
- Content Note1 illustration
- Weight295 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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