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Edna Ferber

Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968), American novelist and playwright, is a name perhaps less known today than other classic women authors.  In her heyday, she was considered one of the most successful writers of the time—primarily the 1920s through the early 50s. Her sprawling stories may be better known today than she herself is; it could be argued that she’s a forgotten author to be revisited.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Ferber came of age in Appleton, Wisconsin. There, she started her writing career as a newspaper reporter at age 17. That led to a similar post at the Milwaukee Journal.  She stored many of the experiences she encountered to use in her books.

Complete devotion to writing

Ferber’s life was completely devoted to writing, almost to the exclusion of all else. She was constantly asked by readers if her novels were telling the story of her own life, because the characters, events and settings were so real to them. She considered these tales her “inner life” as they came to reality in her mind and by her pen.  Read More→

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