Cherokee Publishing Company (GA), Paperback, 9780877973256, 280pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2007
The plot of GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT concerns the experiences of a young Gentile writer who poses as a Jew in order to secure material on anti-Semitism for a series of magazine articles. A thesis novel concerning the social and economic aspects of anti-Semitism in American life. Timely when issued in 1947 - timely today. Number 1 position on the New York Times Best Seller List for five straight months in 1947. Film version chosen as Best Picture of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle. "If a masterful work of art is one which probes deep into the consciousness of the beholder to create a lasting impression and to forge and refine the higher human impulses, then GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT deserves such a description. It is a rare combination of absorbing story and statement of a current problem." - The Indianapolis Star
About the Author
Laura Z. Hobson (1900-1986) was an American novelist and short story writer. The daughter of Jewish immigrants, she is best known for her novels "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), which deals with anti-Semitism in postwar America, and "Consenting Adult" (1975), about a mother coming to terms with her son's homosexuality, which was based upon her own experiences with her own son. Hobson died in New York City in 1986.