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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Average rating: 3.95 · 14,992 ratings · 1,629 reviews · 102 distinct worksSimilar authors
So Big

4.02 avg rating — 8,023 ratings — published 1924 — 15 editions
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Giant

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Show Boat

3.81 avg rating — 732 ratings — published 1926 — 15 editions
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Cimarron

3.76 avg rating — 645 ratings — published 1929 — 22 editions
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Saratoga Trunk

3.72 avg rating — 494 ratings — published 1941 — 3 editions
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Fanny Herself

3.95 avg rating — 329 ratings — published 1917 — 96 editions
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Ice Palace

3.54 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 1958 — 2 editions
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Stage Door

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Buttered Side Down: Short S...

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Roast Beef Medium: The Busi...

3.85 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 1911 — 83 editions
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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

Polls

December 2017 New School Read

The Trial by Franz Kafka, 1925, 255 pages
 
  58 votes, 16.8%

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, 1996, 468 pages
 
  44 votes, 12.8%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 1941, 104 pages
 
  35 votes, 10.1%

 
  34 votes, 9.9%

My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 1918, 232 pages
 
  27 votes, 7.8%

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 1981, 647 pages
 
  26 votes, 7.5%

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, 1989, 637 pages
 
  25 votes, 7.2%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 1934, 468 pages
 
  23 votes, 6.7%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 1990, 555 pages
 
  22 votes, 6.4%

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1924, 225 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.8%

 
  17 votes, 4.9%

So Big by Edna Ferber, 1924, 376 pages
 
  5 votes, 1.4%

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 1971, 569 pages
 
  5 votes, 1.4%

The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, 1967, 200 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.2%

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