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Emma McChesney and Company

Edna Ferber, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Show Boat and Giant, achieved her first great success with a series of stories she published in American Magazine between 1911 and 1913. The stories feature Emma McChesney, a smart, savvy, stylish, divorced mother, and Midwest traveling sales representative for T. A. Buck’s Featherloom skirts and petticoats. With one […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Buttered Side Down

From the Foreword: “And so,” the story writers used to say, “they lived happily ever after.” Um-m-m—maybe. After the glamour had worn off, and the glass slippers were worn out, did the Prince never find Cinderella’s manner redolent of the kitchen hearth; and was it never necessary that he remind her to be more careful […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Roast Beef, Medium: The Business Adventures of Emma McChesney

Edna Ferber, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Show Boat and Giant, achieved her first great success with a series of stories she published in American Magazine between 1911 and 1913. The stories featured Emma McChesney: smart, savvy, stylish, divorced mother, and Midwest traveling sales representative for T. A. Buck’s Featherloom skirts and petticoats. With one hand […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Fanny Herself

This intensely personal chronicle of a young girl growing up Jewish in a small midwestern town is the most autobiographical of Pulitzer Prize-winning Ferber’s novels, full of fine, full-blown, and fascinating characters. Genre: Fiction


Genre: Fiction

Gigolo

Eight stories of tangy satire and sweet sentimentality. Filled with human drama, unfaltering reason, and extraordinary description. Genre: Fiction, Humor, Romance, Short Stories


Genre: Fiction, Humor, Romance, Short Stories