Edna Ferber | Critical Review by Dorothy Van Doren

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Edna Ferber.
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SOURCE: "American Beauty Shoppe," in The Nation, New York, Vol. 133, No. 3460, October 28, 1931, pp. 462-63.

Van Doren was an esteemed American novelist, critic, and autobiographer; her husband was poet Mark Van Doren. In the following largely negative review of American Beauty, she laments Ferber's reliance on melodrama, a "curse," she argues, that detracts from the potential of the novel.

Imagine a finely designed, sturdily built New England house. There are many such in New England. Imagine the bricks neatly turned and strongly laid, the small-paned windows giving off the mauve and pale rose of old glass, the fan-light over the door a thing of delicately patterned beauty, the chimneys numerous and promising many fires within; imagine the oaks placed justly, the slope from the house covered with turf. Think of the oak sills, as firm as the day they were laid two hundred years ago...

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