Fannie Hurst (19 October, 1885 – 23 February, 1968) was a novelist and short-story writer from Ohio.
Fun Facts about Fannie Hurst:
- Hurst was born in Hamilton, OH, but grew up in St. Louis, MS. Her father owned a shoe factory.
- In 1909 Ms. Hurst wrote both the book and the lyrics for the comic opera The Official Chaperon during her last term in Washington University.
- Her marriage to Jacques Danielson was strange for the time (1920s), and even today. The couple lived their own separate lives, and even maintained separate residences.
- After Mr. Danielson passed away in 1952, Ms. Hurst wrote him a weekly letter for the next 16 years.
- During the 1920s Ms. Hurst was one of the highest paid American writers.
- Besides 19 novels, Mrs. Hurst also published more than 300 short stories, four plays (which were produced on Broadway), an autobiography and a memoir.
- Popular after World War I, Ms. Hurst supported many social causes included African American equality, New Deal programs, and feminism.
- Hurst was a friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and visited the White House often.
- Some of the public posts Ms. Hurst held were chair of the National Housing Commission (1936-37), and a delegated to the World Health Organization (1952).
- Known as “one of the great trash novelists”, Ms. Hurst’s work has inspired other best-selling authors such as Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz, and Jacqueline Susann.
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