FERBER, EDNA (1887–1968), U.S. novelist and playwright. She was born into a middle-class family in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and at the age of 17 became a newspaper reporter in Appleton, Wisconsin. Later she went to the Milwaukee Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Her first novel, Dawn O'Hara, appeared in 1911, but it was a series of short stories collected under the title Emma Mc-Chesney and Co. (1915) that established her as a professional writer. Edna Ferber wrote more than a score of novels, some superficial, some serious, but all   smoothly and persuasively written. They deal with the life of ordinary Americans and in many the central character is a woman. Fanny Herself (1917) is the story of a small-town Jewish girl; So Big (1924), the story of a woman's struggle for independence, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1924. Show Boat (1926) became a successful musical; Cimarron (1930), Saratoga Trunk (1941), and Giant (1952) were all best-selling novels which were made into motion pictures. Dinner at Eight (1932) and Stage Door (1936), both written in collaboration with george s. kaufman , were her best-known plays. Edna Ferber wrote comparatively little about Jews and Judaism, but in her first autobiography, A Peculiar Treasure (1939), she depicted with humor and understanding her life in a small Jewish community, and she identified herself closely with the Jewish plight during the Nazi years. Her second autobiography, A Kind of Magic (1963), includes her impressions of the State of Israel. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: S.I. Kunitz and H. Haycraft (eds.), Twentieth Century Authors (19502), S.V., and supplement I (1955); Brenn and Spencer, in: Bulletin of Bibliography, 22 (1958), 152–6. (Harold U. Ribalow)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • Ferber, Edna — (1887 1968)    Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the novelist also wrote several popular plays. The Eldest (1920), her first solo effort, failed, but as a collaborator she fared better. In collaboration with George V. Hobart she wrote Our Mrs.… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • Ferber, Edna — (15 ago. 1887, Kalamazoo, Mich., EE.UU.–16 abr. 1968, Nueva York, N.Y.). Novelista y cuentista estadounidense. A los 17 años inició su carrera como reportera en Wisconsin. Sus primeros cuentos se recopilaron en Emma McChesney & Co. (1915) y otros …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Ferber,Edna — Fer·ber (fûrʹbər), Edna. 1887 1968. American writer who wrote several popular novels, including So Big (1924), which won a Pulitzer Prize. * * * …   Universalium

  • Ferber, Edna — (1887 1968)    American novelist. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she worked first as a journalist. Her works include Show Boat, Giant, So Big, Dawn O Hara, The Girls, Cimarron, Come and Get It and Saratoga Trunk. Together with George S. Kaufmann,… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

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  • Edna Ferber — noun United States novelist; author of several popular novels (1887 1968) • Syn: ↑Ferber • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author * * * Edna Ferber [Edna Ferber …   Useful english dictionary

  • Edna — /ed neuh/, n. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning rejuvenation, rebirth. * * * (as used in expressions) Ferber Edna Millay Edna St. Vincent Proulx Edna Annie * * * …   Universalium

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