NEW YORK — Laura Hobson, author of the pioneering novel on anti-Semitism in America, "Gentleman's Agreement," has died of cancer. She was 85.
A New York Hospital spokeswoman said the writer, whose career spanned six decades and included nine novels, an autobiography and hundreds of short stories, died Friday night.
Hobson's fame was secured with the publication in 1947 of "Gentleman's Agreement," a portrait of insidious anti-Semitism in post-war America. It took her nearly four years to write it.
The critically acclaimed novel told the story of a Gentile writer posing as a Jew to try to understand anti-Semitism first-hand for a magazine article. A motion picture based on the book was also a great success, winning an Academy Award for best film in 1947.