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by Edna Ferber
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From Library Journal
Published in 1917 and 1913, respectively, these books represent early steps in Ferber's journey to her 1924 Pulitzer Prize. Fanny is the semiautobiographical story of a Jewish girl growing up in the Midwest. Roast Beef is the chronicle of Emma McChesney, a divorced mother and traveling sales rep for T.A. Buck's Featherloom Skirts and Petticoats. Both titles feature vintage illustrations and scholarly introductions.
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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
Midwest Book Review
"This ... will introduce a whole new generation of listeners to a remarkable literary talent..."
The Jewish Journal (Boston, MA)
"With eight sides of 'Fanny Herself' to enjoy, I found myself wishing my morning and evening rides were a bit longer."
The Jewish Review (Portland, OR)
"Suzanne Toren's treatment of Ferber's story is sensitive and compassionate..."
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.
It has become the fashion among novelists to introduce their hero in knee pants, their heroine in pinafore and pigtails. Time was when we were rushed up to a stalwart young man of twenty-four, who was presented as the pivot about whom the plot would revolve. Now we are led, protesting, up to a grubby urchin of five and are invited to watch him through twenty years of intimate minutiae. In extreme cases we have been obliged to witness his evolution from swaddling clothes to dresses, from dresses to shorts (he is so often English), from shorts to Etons.
About the Author
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.
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