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Early twentieth-century novel by Edna Ferber, the American, novelist, author and playwright whose novels generally featured a strong female as the protagonist, although she fleshed out multiple characters in each book. She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons; through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the non-so-pretty persons have the best character.
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Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was a novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose work served as the inspiration for numerous Broadway plays and Hollywood films, including Show Boat, Cimarron, Giant, Saratoga Trunk, and Ice Palace. She co-wrote the plays The Royal Family, Dinner at Eight, and Stage Door with George S. Kaufman and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 for her novel So Big.From AudioFile:
Edna Ferber has been called the greatest American woman novelist of her day. In this 1917 autobiographical story, Ferber creates a ground-breaking heroine of great strength and wit. The lilting and articulate manner with which Suzanne Toren delivers Fanny's adventures recalls the great comedic film heroines--all plucky cleverness, yet possessing a secret heart that only we the audience are privileged to see. Toren gives Fanny a buoyancy in the face of anti-Semitism and societal constraints that makes the heart swell (since we all know she'll come out on top eventually!). FANNY HERSELF is a classic audiobook that keeps you rooting for the good gal from page one. R.A.P. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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