Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the significance of Edna Ferber’s frequent use of flashbacks and other time-shifting devices in her fiction?

Discuss Ferber’s attitude toward the conflicting ideals of responsibility and creativity.

Discuss Ferber’s attitude toward mothers.

Discuss Ferber’s depiction of outsiders and minorities in her fiction.

What is Ferber’s attitude toward success in her fiction?