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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edna Ferber  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Drama Romance

Audience: Adult;

Born: August 15, 1885 in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Died: April 16, 1968 in New York City

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Illinois Connection

Ferber lived in Chicago during her youth and maintained a strong connection to the city.

Biographical and Professional Information

Edna Ferber was one of the most prolific and popular writers of the first half of the twentieth century. She was an American novelist, author and playwright. Several theatrical and film productions have been made based on her books. Her first best-selling novel ''So Big'' won a Pulitzer Prize in 1924. That same year, it was also made into a silent film starring Colleen Moore. The 1932 remake starred Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent, with Bette Davis in a supporting role. Jane Wyman starred in the 1953 remake.''Show Boat'' was turned into a stage musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, first produced on stage in 1927 and filmed in 1929, 1936 and 1951. ''Cimarron'' was filmed in 1931 and 1960. The 1931 film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. ''Saratoga Trunk'' was made into a film in 1945 and into the musical ''Saratoga'' in 1959. ''Giant'' was made into a film in 1956.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Girls
ISBN: 0548824681

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2008

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

So Big (Perennial Classics)
ISBN: 0060956690

Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 2000

Winner of the 1924 Pulitzer Prize, So Big is widely regarded as Edna Ferber's crowning achievement. A rollicking panorama of Chicago's high and low life, this stunning novel follows the travails of gambler's daughter Selina Peake DeJong as she struggles to maintain her dignity, her family, and her sanity in the face of monumental challenges.

Show Boat
ISBN: 1604660104

Capricorn House Classics. 2007

Edna Ferber the author, a Pulitzer Prize winner, wrote this classic southern love story set on a Mississippi River Boat which was made popular on both stage and screen. Perfect for teenagers who learn a little about southern history while reading a timeless love story.

American Beauty (G K Hall Perennial Largeprint Series)
ISBN: 0783881428

G K Hall & Co. 1997

Book by Ferber, Edna

Come and Get It (Prairie Classics)
ISBN: 187948305X

Prairie Oak Press. 1991

A lustly, sprawling novel of Wisconsin s logging days, when fortunes and families were made and broken over king lumber. This is the classic saga of Barney Glasgow and his family, told by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Edna Ferber.

Saratoga Trunk
ISBN: 0891903232

Amereon Ltd. 1986

The basis for the classic film starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, Saratoga Trunk unfolds the story of Clio Dulaine, an ambitious Creole beauty who more than meets her match in Clint Maroon, a handsome Texan with a head for business -- and an eye for beautiful young women. Together they do battle with Southern gentry and Eastern society, but in their obsession to acquire all they've ever wanted, they fail to realize they already have all they'll ever need -- each other.

ISBN: 0449229564

Fawcett. 1980


Giant (Perennial Classics)
ISBN: 0060956704

Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 2000

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, Giant captures the essence of Texas on a staggering scale as it chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his young society wife, Leslie, and three generations of land-rich sons.

A sensational story of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, Giant was the basis of the epic 1956 classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson.

Ice Palace
ISBN: 0899682782

Buccaneer Books. 1992

This is the story of Alaska before statehood, in all its glory, beauty and bleakness...where men pitted themselves against the elements and the wilds, only to find the greatest threat is from "outside."

Edna Ferber is one of the best-selling novelists of this century, including her Pulitzer Prize novel SO BIG.

ISBN: 0884115488

Amereon Ltd. 1998

Restless Yancey Cravat, a pioneer newspaper editor and lawyer, settles in Osage, a muddy town thrown together overnight when the Oklahoma territory opens in 1889. To this place he brings his wife Sabra, a woman both conventional and well-bred.

Against all odds, Sabra develops a brilliant business sense. She makes a success of the newspaper, a success that ultimately leads her to Congress. Through Sabra's eyes we see the violent frontier collide with resentful Indians, the sodbusters tame the prairie, and the sudden fortune of a lucky few.


So Big

  • Pulitzer Prize for Novel, 1924
  • Other Awards

  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2013