Pen Name: None
Genre: Drama Romance
Born: August 15, 1885 in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Died: April 16, 1968 in New York City
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
"The start of a novel alwasy is a terrifying experience, and the months that follow are harrowing and exhausting, with just an occasional moment of exhilaration to keep one from being too suicidal." - Edna Gerber, A Peculiar Treasure
Ferber lived in Chicago in her youth and maintained a strong connection to the city. Read more about it here: PLUCK & LUCK: Enda Ferber's CHICAGO.
Biographical and Professional Information
Edna Ferber was one of the most prolific and popular writers of the first half of the twentieth century. She was an American novelist, author and playwright. Several theatrical and film productions have been made based on her books.
Her first best-selling novel So Big won a Pulitzer Prize in 1924. That same year, it was also made into a silent film starring Colleen Moore. The 1932 remake starred Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent, with Bette Davis in a supporting role. Jane Wyman starred in the 1953 remake.
Show Boat was turned into a stage musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, first produced on stage in 1927 and filmed in 1929, 1936 and 1951. Cimarron was filmed in 1931 and 1960. The 1931 film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Saratoga Trunk was made into a film in 1945 and into the musical Saratoga in 1959. Giant was made into a film in 1956.
- The Girls, Doubleday, 1921
- So Big, Doubleday, 1924
- Show Boat, Doubleday, 1926
- American Beauty, Doubleday, 1931
- Come and Get It, Doubleday, 1935
- Nobody`s In Town, Doubleday, 1938
- Saratoga Trunk, Doubleday, 1941
- Great Son, Doubleday, 1945
- Giant, Doubleday, 1952,
- Ice Palace, Doubleday, 1958
Titles at Your Library
Release Date: 2008-01-10
So Big (Perennial Classics)
Release Date: 2000-08-22
Release Date: 2007-09-01
American Beauty (G K Hall Perennial Largeprint Series)
Release Date: 1997-06
Come and Get It (Prairie Classics)
Release Date: 1991-10-01
Release Date: 1986-06-01
Release Date: 1980-11-12
Giant (Perennial Classics)
Release Date: 2000-08-22
Release Date: 1992-12-01
Release Date: 1998-10-10
- Pulitzer Prize in 1924 for So Big
- In 1990, her name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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