Showcasing the facility with words that made her a mainstay at the Algonquin round table, Ferber explores some of her favorite themes: the role of women (especially strong or unconventional women) in modern society, the mores of the midwestern small town, and the changes over time in relationships between parents and children. In "The Maternal Feminine," a plain, overlooked child grows into a strong, resourceful businesswoman and forms a strong motherly bond with the children of her more attractive sister. In "April 25th, As Usual," an aging Wisconsin couple reluctantly join their successful daughter in New York, where they try to adjust to a very different lifestyle. "Old Lady Mandle"is a bittersweet tale about an elderly Chicago mother coming to terms with the fact that she is no longer the most important woman in the life of her grown son. "One Hundred Per Cent" features Ferber's celebrated heroine Emma McChesney, now re-married, seeing her husband off to war.
The stories gathered here are beautifully observed chronicles of early twentieth-century life and are filled with characters who, despite their very human foibles, are all bestowed by Ferber with warmth and dignity.
Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright
Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1930; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie) and Ice Palace (1958), filmed in 1960.
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Edna Ferber wrote mostly in the 1920s. I came across her work merely by chance, and I am shocked that she is not more popular
Edna Ferber wrote mostly in the 1920s. I came across her work merely by chance, and I am shocked that she is not more popular. She has an amazing insight into the human experience, in much the same way as Jhumpa Lahiri.
Half Portions was written in the year 1920 by Edna Ferber. This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: BooklassicReleased: Jul 7, 2015ISBN: 9789635242870Format: book. carousel previous carousel next.
Edna Ferber was a very successful and well known writer of short stories, novels and plays. In all of her writings, Ferber portrayed the heroine as being aggressive, assertive and successful. She was born on August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the second of two daughters of Julia and Jacob Charles Ferber. Her father was a Hungarian immigrant who had a family store.
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Done in Edna Ferber's own wa. ll days, possessed such boxes of satin and velvet scraps, and bits of lace, and ribbon and jet as to make her the envy of all her playmates. She used to crawl about the floor of the shop workroom and under the table and chairs like a little scavenger.
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.