In the 1920s and 1930s, Edna Ferber was one of the most widely read writers in America. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1924 novel So Big. Although Ferber's critical status has somewhat faded, her Texas epic, Giant, remains a landmark in the state’s cultural history.
Image: Edna Ferber, 1960. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and Sun Collection.