Winner of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize
Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize, So Big
is widely regarded as Ferber's piece de resistance.
This rollicking panorama of high and low life in the Windy City follows the travails of gambler's daughter Selina Peake DeJong as she struggles to maintain her dignity, her family and her sanity in the face of monumental challenges. Literary Review pronounced it "a masterpiece....It has the completeness, (the) finality, that grips and exalt and convinces"; the New York Times called it "a novel to read and to remember".
Winner of the 1924 Pulitzer Prize, So Big is widely regarded as Edna Ferber's crowning achievement. A rollicking panorama of Chicago's high and low life, this stunning novel follows the travails of gambler's daughter Selina Peake DeJong as she struggles to maintain her dignity, her family, and her sanity in the face of monumental challenges.
About the Author
A best-selling writer from Chicago, Edna Ferber had great popular appeal throughout the world. She published nine plays, two autobiographies, eleven short story collections, and thirteen novels, including Showboat, Giant, and So Big — winner of the Pulitzer Prize — the unforgettable story of Selina Peake Dejong, her marriage, widowhood, eventual success as a truck farmer, and of her son, Dirk. In So Big, Ferber simultaneously created a vivid picture of turn-of-the-century Chicago and dealt with the (still) contemporary issues of poverty, Americanization, family tensions, sexism, and success.