This day in Jewish history / A storyteller with a conscience is born
Fannie Hurst got paid $70,000 to serialize one of her novels in Cosmopolitan and her death garnered a front-page story in The New York Times.
October 18, 1889, is the birthdate of Fannie Hurst. Although her name may not mean much to readers today, she was one of the most popular writers of her day, in a career as novelist and short-story author that spanned nearly six decades. In addition to her 18 novels, many of which became best-sellers, her worked spawned some 30 film adaptations.