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Praise for Edna Ferber and Show Boat

“An irresistible story. . . . Gorgeously romantic. . . . Spirited, full-breasted, tireless. . . . With Show Boat Miss Ferber establishes herself . . . as one of those who are reviving first-rate story-telling.”
The New York Times
 
“No one tells so well as Edna Ferber the story of the American people in their various backgrounds. . . . It is a gift, a lovely gift, and no one uses her talents more delightfully than Edna Ferber.”
—William Allen White --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

In addition to SHOW BOAT, Edna Ferber (1885-1968) wrote the very successful Dinner at Eight and Stage Door, both collaborations with George S. Kaufman. A member of the Algonquin Round Table, she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 for her work So Big.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: G. K. Hall & Co. (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899682812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899682815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although she is somewhat neglected today, for more than three decades Edna Ferber was considered one of America's premiere authors. While her work included short stories and theatre, she was most famous for her novels, most of which focused on strong women coping with errant men in panoramic settings. SHOW BOAT was one of her first great successes. Today the story is better known through its musical theatre incarnation and the film versions the stage show generated, including the 1936 version directed by James Whale and starring Irene Dunne and the 1951 version directed by George Sidney and starring Katherine Grayson. But while the stage and screen versions have their charms, none really captures the epic nature of Ferber's novel, which is as much about America as it is about the story of post-Civil War show folk who ply their trade on "The Cotton Blossom"--a floating theatre that travels the nation's waterways, most particularly the mighty Mississippi.

The story concerns three generations of women: Parthenia Hawks, a ram-rod upright New Englander who heartily disapproves of her husband's decision to purchase a show boat and involve the family with actors, God forbid; her daughter Magnolia, whose fresh beauty eventually propells her fame as one of the most popular actresses on the river; and her granddaughter Kim, who becomes a Broadway star. But the backbone of the story concerns Magnolia's ill-fated love for ne'er-do-well gambler Gaylord Ravenal, a love that tests her strength to the last degree. Just as Magnolia has to change to meet her constantly shifting circumstances, so is the nation changing around her, gradually shifting from a rather innocent, rural society to a much more hardened and sophistocated urban world.
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The popularity of the Kern-Hammerstein musical, academia's refusal to include the work in the "canon" of regularly-taught American novels, the popular assumptions about the novel's datedness, sentimentality and racial stereotypes--these are some of the factors that have contributed to the comparative neglect of one of the most original, engaging narratives by an American novelist.

The so-called "modernist" tradition is one that casts suspicion upon any narrative that might be termed "melodramatic" in its plotting, tone and style. It's true that Ferber plays out the emotions of her characters, but she's equally adept at keeping those emotions in play. Her voice is so vital and strong, her narrative so multilayered in its social-psychological-cultural-archetypal meanings, that an open-minded reader cannot fail to become swept up in the force of her storytelling. Moreover, in her characterization of Magnolia, who defends her unstable marriage against her daughter's staid one and who prefers the tenderloin districts to the churches and parks of Chicago, Ferber reveals the subversiveness of a true artist, making the reader question common assumptions about the dual gods of "success" and "progress."

The river and the theater are not only Ferber's favorite settings but her metaphors for exploring the life of consciousness and explaining the forces that shape personality. Even when Gaylord and Magnolia abandon the river and take up residence in Chicago, the river lives in them, exposing by its constantly-felt presence what is alive and dead, what is enduring and transitory.
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This is a rich and wonderful family saga set in the world of Missisippi show boats, turn of the century Chicago, and the Broadway theater scene of the 1920's.
It is the source of the famous stage and movie musical and anyone who has enjoyed those versions will love this book.
However, the novel, is much richer in scope and ultimately more moving than the musical. The ending has hung with me for days since I finished reading it. In 1927 Oscar Hammerstein II felt the public would not accept a musical in which many of the main charachters died before the end (as they do in the novel). And for the times, perhaps he was right. But it is a shame because the musical could have had even more impact if he had been able to stay closer to his source.
I highly recommend this book.
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Andy Hawkes has spent his whole adult life working on Mississippi boats. When he marries New England spinster Parthenia Ann, he could hardly be choosing a less likely partner; and when he decides to stop operating a passenger steamboat in favor of a floating theater, he could hardly encounter greater opposition. Yet once the practical "Parthy" realizes what an excellent business a show boat can be, she invests herself in the Cotton Blossom just as fully as does Cap'n Andy. They raise their only child, Magnolia, on board among the show boat's colorful players and crew members. Eventually a grown-up Magnolia steps in to replace a departed cast member, and dashing gambler Gaylord Ravenal - down on his luck and fascinated by the lovely young woman whom he glimpses just before hearing Cap'n Andy's job offer - plays opposite her. They marry, much against Parthy's wishes, and become the parents of a daughter born on the river where three states border. So they name her Kim: Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri.

Those are the bare bones of this book's first half. They do not begin to describe the vividly portrayed characters, or the rich sense of time and place that Ferber's writing conveys. The book's second half, which deals with Magnolia and Gaylord and their daughter after they leave the Cotton Blossom, is just as rich; but it is a bittersweet richness. An era is passing into history, and Ferber tells that story with immediacy that makes it fresh reading although this book was first published in 1926. A classic for good reason!

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of the "High Places" series from Write Words
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