Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

So Big
Edna Ferber


In this Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, Edna Ferber recounts the transformation of a gambler’s daughter into a spirited teacher, hardworking farmer’s wife, and devoted mother. Throughout her struggles to maintain her home and dignity, So Big‘s heroine prevails thanks to her resilience and her well-developed sense of aesthetics. Ferber faithfully captures middle-class life in the Midwest during the 1920s and 1930s. Her observations of class struggles and gender inequality on the Illinois prairie are complemented by her lyrical explorations of timeless values: finding beauty in nature, remaining optimistic, and being true to yourself.

Reprint of the Doubleday, Page & Company, Garden City, New York, 1924 edition.

Paperback, 256pp
Dover Publications, 1995 (1924)
ISBN 9780486840444