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Ferber, Edna   
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Ice Palace
Published:   1930
Publisher:William Heinemann Ltd
Tags:fiction, historical, U.S.A., film/TV adaptation, Oklahoma

This vivid and sweeping tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush traces the challenges of settling an untamed frontier. Staking claim to their new home in Osage, Yancey Cravat, a spellbinding criminal lawyer, and his wife, well-bred Sabra, work against seemingly overwhelming odds to create a prosperous life for themselves. And as they establish themselves in this lawless land, Sabra displays a brilliant business sense and makes a success of their local newspaper, the Oklahoma Wigwam, all amidst border and land disputes, outlaws, and the discovery of oil. [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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