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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When Edna Ferber died in 1968, The New York Times called her "the greatest American woman novelist of her day." Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1885, she was raised in a middle class Jewish home. She won the Puliter Prize in 1925 for "So Big." Her book, "Giant" became the 1952 film classic with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, and her novel, "Show Boat," became the great Broadway musical.
Along with Dorothy Parker, George S. Kauffman, and others, Edna Ferber was a part of the core group of writes and intellectuals who made up the famed Algonquin Round Table.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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