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Show Boat

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Title:Show Boat
Ferber, Edna   
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So Big
Saratoga Trunk
Published:   1926
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap
Tags:fiction, historical, film/TV adaptation

Edna Ferber’s tribute to the Mississippi River and the show boats that ran up and down it. This timeless tale of the “Cotton Blossom”, Cap'n Andy, his shrewd wife Parthy, their beautiful daughter Magnolia, and her remarkable daughter Kim as the story moves from the Reconstruction Era riverboat to Gilded Age Chicago to Roaring Twenties New York, and finally returns to the Mississippi River.

It was made famous on Broadway in 1927, when the legendary Jerome S. Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated on the musical. Since then Show Boat has become a beloved favorite, revived repeatedly to entertain generations through musical and movie renditions with haunting and lyrical songs such as “Old Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine”. [Suggest a different description.]

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Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was an American novelist and playwright. She was born in Michigan, but her family moved frequently as her father pursued business interests. The daughter of Jewish parents, she suffered from extensive anti-Semitic abuse as a child which haunted her for the rest of her life. Ferber’s sense of herself as a Jew and her adult responses to antisemitism were also shaped by the pain of those years. At age 17, she began working for the Appleton Daily Crescent, a small newspaper in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her early experience in journalism led her to a life of writing. She moved to New York City where she met a wide array of friends which at one point led her to join the Algonquin Round Table which was a loose association of intellectuals who discussed a variety of topics. Even before her experiences in New York she began to write and publish short stories and novels. She was known for books that featured strong female protagonists. In 1925 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "So Big", a story about a widowed woman struggling to work a farm by herself while raising her son. Ferber’s enduring love of America and its workers is a theme that resonates throughout her work which still inspires readers to this day. (Encyclopedia of Jewish Women)

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