Edna Ferber: Five Complete Novels by Edna FerberEdna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were popular in her lifetime and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie).
Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper, Jacob Charles Ferber, and his Milwaukee, Wisconsin-born wife, Julia (Neumann) Ferber. At the age of 12, after living in Chicago, Illinois and Ottumwa, Iowa, Ferber and her family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Lawrence University. She took newspaper jobs at the Appleton Daily Crescent and the Milwaukee Journal before publishing her first novel. She covered the 1920 Republican National Convention and 1920 Democratic National Convention for the United Press Association.
Ferbers novels generally featured strong female protagonists, along with a rich and diverse collection of supporting characters. She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons; through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the not-so-pretty people have the best character.
Ferber was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of wits who met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.
Edna Ferber festival celebrates a little-known literary giant
While Edna Ferber may not be a household name, plays and movies based on he works certainly are. Rep's box office manager, assistant to N. Rep artistic director SuzAnne Barabas and "festival wrangler. Ferber, a member of the Algonquin Round Table , was a prolific writer who began her career as a journalist. Scholars say she she was one of the most influential and widely read female authors of her time. The five writers are female; Gilbert is one of them. Everything she touched had a Midas touch- feel to it, but that's because she was good.
Look Inside. Mar 11, ISBN This vivid and sweeping tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, from Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber, traces the stunning challenges of settling an untamed frontier. Staking claim to their new home in Osage, Yancey Cravat, a spellbinding criminal lawyer, and his wife, well-bred Sabra, work against seemingly overwhelming odds to create a prosperous life for themselves. And as they establish themselves in this lawless land, Sabra displays a brilliant business sense and makes a success of their local newspaper, the Oklahoma Wigwam , all amidst border and land disputes, outlaws, and the discovery of oil. Originally published in , and twice made into a motion picture, Cimarron brings history alive, capturing the settling of the American West in vivid detail.
Edna Ferber August 15, — April 16, , American novelist and playwright, is a name perhaps less known today than other classic women authors. In her heyday, she was considered one of the most successful writers of the time—primarily the s through the early 50s. Her parents moved around the Midwest before settling in Appleton, Wisconsin. As an editor and contributor to her high school newspaper, her senior essays so impressed the editor of the Appleton Daily Crescent that he offered year-old Ferber a reporting job. And so, a career was born — even though she set aside her original dream of studying for a career in stage acting. Popular writers rarely enjoy critical acclaim, but in her case, the critics were generally kind, even as her subsequent work became less literary and more mainstream. Having experienced antisemitism herself, she often wove themes of oppression, prejudice, and injustice into her novels.