Fannie Hurst - Author, Humanitarian and Advocate
Raised and educated in St. Louis, author Fannie Hurst (1885-1968) was born in Hamilton at 918 Central Avenue, the home of her maternal grandparents. She was the daughter of Rose Koppel and Samuel Hurst. Already a writer as a student at Washington University (Class of 1909), Fannie moved to New York in 1910 to begin her career. Success came after repeated rejection. Stories for popular magazines brought her attention in the mid-1910s; by the mid-1920s she had become a best-selling, highly-regarded, and well-paid author. Between 1912 and 1964, Hurst wrote 18 novels, eight short story collections, and many other pieces. Hurst’s short story “Humoresque” (1919) and the novels Back Street (1931) and Imitation of Life (1933) were three of 32 films based on her writings. The film adaption of Imitation of Life received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 1934. (Continued on other side)
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Hurst married Russian émigré pianist Jacques S. Danielson (1875-1952) in 1915. The couple maintained separate households and did not reveal
Erected 2018 by W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust, Hamilton Community Foundation, City of Hamilton, and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 39-9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Women. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 24.221′ N, 84° 34.171′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Main StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Main Street, Hamilton OH 45013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rossville Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); High-Main Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Earliest Industry (approx. ¼ mile away); The Dream of Hamiltonia (approx. ¼ mile away); Flood & Recovery (approx. ¼ mile away); Hamilton Hydraulic (approx. ¼ mile away); Flatboats and Early Trade (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Fort Hamilton (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamilton.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. 5. submitted on August 25, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.