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Ice Palace

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Title:Ice Palace
Author:
Ferber, Edna   
(1 of 3 for author by title)
Show Boat
Published:   1958
Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Tags:Alaska, fiction, film/TV adaptation
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“Alaska is the real heroine here—with her advocates and her court attendants the members of the cast. There’s Chris Storm, native daughter, glamorous, colorful, with a story so incredible that it has to be taken on faith. Brought up by two grandfathers, she might well have been caught in the meshes of their friendship, their rivalry, their enmity. One grandfather, Thor Storm, had sought in Alaska in his youth that freedom of the frontier it still afforded—and stayed, victim of their lure, seeking through the weekly he published, to maintain that freedom. The other grandfather, Czar Kennedy, was High Mogul, big time operator, who had made his millions in Alaska, but who milked her and played in with the Outside—men from Seattle and San Francisco and Washington who stripped her of her riches for their own ends. Chris was brought up by the two of them, with Bridie Ballantyne providing the balance wheel, and Chris managed to survive and be a person in her own right.”—Kirkus Review. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Ferber, Edna

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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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