1887 – Edna Ferber Born

On this date Edna Ferber was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin and attended Ryan High School where she was active in the debate and literary society and wrote for the school newspaper. Unable to attend college for financial reasons,¬†Ferber began her writing career as the first female reporter at the Appleton newspaper. At 18, she was hired by the Milwaukee Journal where she worked for four years. She then returned to Appleton to write fiction. Edna Ferber was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “So Big” (1924). Two of her short stories were produced as plays. Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein collaborated to bring her novel “Show Boat” to the stage. In all she wrote 12 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, six major plays for Broadway and two autobiographies. Several of her works were made into movies, including “Giant” (1952) and “Ice Palace” (1958). Critics remember Ferber as the greatest female novelist of her time. [Source: ]