J.E. Smyth: Edna Ferber’s Hollywood

Edna Ferber's HollywoodHere’s my review of J.E. Smyth’s Edna Ferber’s Hollywood: American Fictions of Gender, Race, and History (University of Texas Press):

This review originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of Los Angeles magazine

She wrote books that would be adapted into such megahits as Cimarron (1931), Show Boat (1936), and Giant (1956). Still, film historians haven’t given due credit to the stories upon which these movies were made, revering instead adaptations of the works of such contemporaries as William Faulkner and John Steinbeck (no matter that these films’ box-office receipts paled in comparison with Ferber’s). J.E. Smyth has readjusted our view of a powerful novelist of Hollywood’s Golden Age. // WENDY WITHERSPOON

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