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Imitation of Life
New York: Harper & Brothers 1933. First edition. Fine in red cloth boards with especially fresh paper labels on the spine and front board in very good dust jacket with a few scattered spot on the front wrap, some sunning to the spine, and light wear at the edges with a few nicks. A novel about two single mothers, one white and one black, who create a successful restaurant franchise but through their daughters suffer at the hands racial prejudice and tragic choices. The novel was filmed twice, first in 1934 with Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers and again in 1959 with Lana Turner and Juanita Moore. The first film was nomination for Best Picture and named to the National Film Registry in 2005, while the Douglas Sirk remake is now considered a classic of 1950s cinema and one of the German director's masterpieces. Hurst, while popular in her day, has largely been forgotten, despite her championing of women's rights and racial equality, particularly during the Harlem Renaissance and through her friendship with Zora Neale Hurston. A remarkably scarce title and particularly so in jacket.
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