HOBSON, LAURA Z. (Zametkin; 1900–1986), U.S. author. The daughter of the Yiddish writer Michael Zametkin, she worked for the New York Evening Post and later became copy chief for Time, Inc. She published short stories and novels from the mid-1930s, her best-known work being the novel Gentleman's Agreement (1947), a study of antisemitism in America. Her later novels include The Other Father (1950) and The Celebrity (1951). In First Papers (1964) she returned to the problems of the Jew in a non-Jewish environment. Her autobiography, Laura Z: A Life, was published in 1983.
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