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by Edna Ferber

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  • ISBN 0252028430
  • ISBN13 978-0252028434
  • Language English
  • Author Edna Ferber
  • Publisher University of Illinois Press (January 15, 2003)
  • Pages 320
  • Formats docx txt lrf lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory History and Criticism
  • Size ePub 1770 kb
  • Size Fb2 1212 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 280

The short stories in this collection take the reader from small-town Wisconsin to the bustling streets of New York and Chicago and back again. While they range greatly in length and tone, they all share the trademark wit and affectionate insight of Edna Ferber.

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.

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These stories are fabulous. Ferber presents a whole world of small town Wisconsin and adjoining states where she explores the clash between the older generation steeped in thrift, endless toil, caution, and fear for the future and the younger generation expecting comfort and abundance, revelling in consumer goods, and unwilling to endlessly clean and scrimp and save, resisting the fear and the caution their elders inculcate. She also presents class and ethnic barriers and how they wound people and damage their life chances.

When she addresses the German Jewish milieu that she herself came from she seems to go deeper and to be more mordant.

She can write beautiful prose when she wants to, but sometimes she veers into the brash post World War I style that revels in colloquialisms and advertising slang, and which verges on the smart alecky.

She has the art of subtle and compelling description, which she manages to infuse with suspense. She knows how to get you to care about a character and to worry about her or him just by presenting, well before the action starts. It is extremely hard to stop reading and I stayed up way too late last night rereading Old Lady Mandle, which was just as hard to stop reading the second time as the first.

Do yourself a big favor and download Half-Portions!
Half Portions is a collection of short stories set before/during/after WW1 in small town America. I enjoyed some stories more than others but overall, most held my interest. I confess to skimming parts of two.

This is my first Edna Ferber book and I can honestly say she is a good writer. I wonder if I would enjoy her full length novels more, though? It's hard to write a completely satisfying story in the space of ten or twenty pages. You just get invested in the characters and its over. But it was a good taste of what Edna Ferber can do, so I'm glad I read it,

Good news is, most of her short story compilations are public domain and free on Kindle and her full length novels are available to borrow off

I'm on a quest to read everything Edna Ferber wrote. This is a great collection, and an insight into her understanding of early 20th century America.
I collected these Edna Ferber stories on my Kindle for future reading...