I Confess: The playwright Martin Sherman on Edna Ferber
Saturday 27 November 1993
Somehow Ferber manages to draw a very true picture of the individualism that helped shape America, with the working class rubbing up against very great riches. It's strange, but in all the books, the heroine's children are a source of great disappointment to her. They never live up to her sense of strength or ethics. Somewhere inside it all there's a parable about the growing-up of America.
My problem is that I'm terrified to re-read her. What if it's all much closer to the films than to my memory of the books . . . On the other hand, maybe a reappraisal is in order.
Martin Sherman is the author of 'Bent' and 'Madhouse in Goa'. He was in the confessional with David Benedict.
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