Today is the birthday of Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968), novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is best known for her novels: So Big (1924; won a Pulitzer Prize), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie).
"To be alive is a fine thing. It is the finest thing in the world, though hazardous. It is a unique thing. It happens only once in a lifetime. To be alive, to know consciously that you are alive, and to relish that knowledge - this is a kind of magic. Or it may be a kind of madness, exhilarating but harmless." - Edna Ferber
"It's terrible to realize you don't learn how to live until you're ready to die and, then it's too late." - Edna Ferber
"Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way." - Edna Ferber
"Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death." - Edna Ferber
"Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little." - Edna Ferber
"A closed mind is a dying mind." - Edna Ferber
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Le Chariot Chuck: 1918 - Paris, France. circa 1918. "Sample Red Cross rolling kitchen, ready to travel. On exhibition at the Grand Palais." 5x7 glass negative. View full size.
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