Books: No. 22

Fannie Hurst's books are almost as numerous as Egyptian dynasties. Fortnight ago she published No. 22. But Fannie herself is a more absorbing character than any she ever created. Born in Hamil ton, Ohio, 54 years ago, she was taken in infancy to St. Louis, where her father owned a shoe factory. She began to write early, at 14 had submitted a masque in blank verse to the Saturday Evening Post.

She wrote short stories secretly through her college years at St. Louis' Washington University, got 21 rejection slips from one magazine. (When she...

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