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Fannie Hurst - Author, Humanitarian and Advocate

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 21, 2018
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Inscription.
Author Side

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 the marriage until 1920, sparking controversy. A member of the feminist groups Heterodoxy and the Lucy Stone League, Hurst kept her maiden name. She used her fame on behalf of many causes, including

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 21, 2018
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women’s rights and civil rights, and help for those escaping Nazi Germany. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration appointed her to serve on commissions for workers’ rights. Returning to Hamilton with her mother for visits, Fannie called it her “summer palace” and wrote of the city in her autobiography, Anatomy of Me (1958). In 1938, Hamilton residents Homer and Ethelyne Gard hosted Hurst at their home at 133 South D Street, and she said of the city “I was born here, I belong here.”
 
Erected 2018 by W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust, Hamilton Community Foundation, City of Hamilton, and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 39-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.221′ N, 84° 34.171′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 129) and South "D" Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Armistead Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Main Street, Hamilton OH 45013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rossville Historic District (approx. 0.2
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 21, 2018
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From parking lot
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.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentWomen
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 21, 2018
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Drom D Street
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Photo courtesy of New York Public Library, circa 1940
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. 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.
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