Edna Ferber


Born
in Kalamazoo, Michigan, The United States
August 15, 1885

Died
April 16, 1968

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Edna 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.
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So Big

4.03 avg rating — 8,564 ratings — published 1924 — 149 editions
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Giant

4.01 avg rating — 2,728 ratings — published 1952
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Show Boat

3.81 avg rating — 783 ratings — published 1926 — 35 editions
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Cimarron

3.76 avg rating — 687 ratings — published 1929 — 23 editions
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Saratoga Trunk

3.72 avg rating — 535 ratings — published 1941 — 4 editions
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Fanny Herself

3.97 avg rating — 367 ratings — published 1917 — 107 editions
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Ice Palace

3.52 avg rating — 280 ratings — published 1958 — 9 editions
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Stage Door

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Roast Beef Medium: The Busi...

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“Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing - for life itself is a writer's love until death.”
Edna Ferber

“But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and prophyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.”
Edna Ferber, So Big

“Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!”
Edna Ferber

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