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Edna Ferber (1885–1968)

Author of So Big

Includes the names: Edba Ferber, Edna Ferner, Edga Ferber, Edna Farber, Edna Ferber, Edna Ferber etc.

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Edna Ferber was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Aug. 15, 1885. She spent her early career as a reporter. In 1910, Everybody's Magazine published her short story, The Homely Heroine, set in Appleton, Wisconsin. Ferber's novel, Dawn O'Hara, the story of a newspaperwoman in Milwaukee, followed in 1911. She gained national attention for her series of Emma McChesney stories, tales of a traveling underskirt saleswoman that were published in national magazines. A play based on the stories, Our Mrs. McChesney, was produced in 1915, starring Ethel Barrymore. With collaborator George S. Kaufman, Ferber wrote acclaimed plays Dinner at Eight and The Royal Family. Ferber won the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 for So Big, the story of a woman raising a child on a truck farm outside of Chicago. Her best known books include Show Boat, Cimarron, Giant and Ice Palace. Show Boat was made into a classic movie and Broadway musical; the film version of Cimarron, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1931. Ferber wrote two autobiographies, A Peculiar Treasure published in 1939 and A Kind of Magic in 1963. She died of cancer on April 16, 1968. (Bowker Author Biography)
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So Big 908 copies, 39 reviews
Giant 640 copies, 10 reviews
Show Boat 425 copies, 6 reviews
Cimarron (Author) 295 copies, 7 reviews
Saratoga Trunk 223 copies, 7 reviews
Ice Palace 180 copies, 3 reviews
Great Son 150 copies, 2 reviews
One Basket 95 copies, 1 review
Fanny Herself 93 copies, 6 reviews
A Peculiar Treasure 84 copies, 1 review
American Beauty: a novel (Author) 83 copies, 2 reviews
Stage Door 78 copies, 1 review
Roast Beef, Medium 77 copies, 4 reviews
Come and Get It 54 copies, 1 review
The Royal Family 48 copies, 1 review
Emma McChesney and Co. 43 copies, 4 reviews
Buttered Side Down 42 copies, 2 reviews
The Girls 33 copies, 1 review
A Kind of Magic 24 copies
Gigolo 24 copies, 2 reviews
Show Boat [vocal score] (Novel) 22 copies
Half Portions 21 copies
Cheerful -- By Request 20 copies, 1 review
Three Comedies 19 copies
No Room at the Inn 7 copies, 2 reviews
Flickorna 1 copy
Mon grand 1 copy
Io ti amo 1 copy
Saratoga 1 copy
JTILNEN 1 copy, 1 review
Kaufman & Co.: Broadway Comedies 238 copies, 2 reviews
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (Contributor) 232 copies, 4 reviews
This Is My Best (Contributor) 166 copies
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (Contributor) 126 copies, 1 review
Giant [1956 film] (Original book) 124 copies, 4 reviews
Show Boat [1951 film] (Original novel) 98 copies
American Christmas Stories (Contributor) 45 copies
Stage Door [1937 film] (Original play) 44 copies
My Story That I Like Best (Contributor) 39 copies, 2 reviews
Cimarron [1931 film] (Original novel) 25 copies, 1 review
Show Boat (Piano/Vocal/Songbook) (Original book) 15 copies
The Panorama of Modern Literature (Contributor) 14 copies, 1 review
Cimarron [1960 film] (Original novel) 11 copies, 1 review
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (Contributor) 10 copies
Come and Get It [1936 film] (Original novel) 7 copies, 1 review
Saratoga Trunk [1945 film] (Original novel) 5 copies
So Big [1953 film] (Original novel) 4 copies
Nelson Doubleday, 1889-1949 (Contributor) 3 copies
So Big! [1932 film] (Original novel) 1 copy, 1 review
Giant [Abridged - Reader's Digest] (Original book) 1 copy
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