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Related Web Sites:
The Edna Ferber Page

Edna Ferber

Edna Ferber 1885-1968

Edna Ferber


Read More About It

"Ferber, a Biography" by Julie Goldsmith Gilbert

"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber

"Young and Female: Turning Points in the Lives of Eight American Women, Personal Accounts" by Pat Ross

"American Women Writers"

"Famous Wisconsin Women" by the Wisconsin Historical Society


Vocabulary:

flair
drawing
fiction
Courant


Interesting Fact:

Ferber was highly regarded, critics calling her the greatest American woman novelist of her day during the 1920's and 1930's.


Study Questions:

  • When did Ferber move to Wisconsin?
  • Find a story written by Feber that appeared in the Appleton Daily Courant or Milwaukee Journal.
  • When did Ferber win the Pulitzer Prize and for what book? What is the story about?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Edna Ferber:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 15:

    1935: Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed in a airplane accident in Alaska.
    1969: The Woodstock music festival begins in New York state.



  • August 15

    August 15: 1887: Edna Ferber was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on this date. Her first job was as a reporter for the Daily Courant of Appleton. She also wrote for the Milwaukee Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Ferber developed a flair for short story writing, drawing much of her material from her life in Wisconsin. Much of her magazine fiction centered on the family, small towns and working women. Some of her novels are "Show Boat," "Cimarron," "Giant" and "Ice Palace." Ferber died in 1968.


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