Edna Ferber’s literary works are less known today than those of the other classic women authors of her era, but she was prolific and widely read in her time. She was strong and savvy, and despite her relative obscurity today, wildly successful.
Ferber’s reputation was cemented with So Big (1924), a novel that was not only a best seller, but which won the 1924 Pulitzer Prize. Popular writers rarely enjoy critical acclaim, but in her case, the critics were generally kind, even as her subsequent work became less literary and more mainstream.
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1885 to working-class Jewish immigrant parents (she was known to say that she had faced more prejudice as a Jew than as a woman), her family finally settled down in Appleton, Wisconsin. Read More→
It seems only fair that Charlotte Brontë, author of the beloved novel Jane Eyre (and others), which seems subject to continued film adaptations and which will be in print for time immemorial, should have her say.
That she’s been dead since 1855 is a mere technicality. Her first-person narratives provide incisive answers, needing only someone (that would be me) to ask pertinent questions: Read More→
Anne Brontë (January 17, 1820 – May 28, 1849) was a British author born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, the daughter of Patrick Brontë, a clergyman, and Maria Branwell. She followed in her older sisters’ (Charlotte and Emily Brontë) paths by delving into the literary world as a novelist and poet.
Along with her sisters and brother Branwell, Anne grew up in Haworth, an isolated town on the moors of Yorkshire. The siblings received little formal education and grew up in imaginative play, constructing a make-believe world called Angria and Gondal, putting on plays, and creating journals and magazines.