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This vivid and sweeping tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, from Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber, traces the stunning challenges of settling an untamed frontier. Staking claim to their new home in Osage, Yancey Cravat, a spellbinding criminal lawyer, and his wife, well-bred Sabra, work against seemingly overwhelming odds to create a prosperous life for themselves. And as they establish themselves in this lawless land, Sabra displays a brilliant business sense and makes a success of their local newspaper, the Oklahoma Wigwam, all amidst border and land disputes, outlaws, and the discovery of oil.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Movie Classics, 2014.
Edition: First Vintage Movie Classics edition.
Copyright Date: ©1930
ISBN: 9780345805751
Branch Call Number: FIC FERBER, EDNA
Characteristics: xiv, 316 pages ; 21 cm


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May 24, 2017

The story is well written and keeps you reading. It begins with the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889. Yancey Cravat, his wife Sabra, and son Cimarron move to Osage, OK where Yancey opens a newspaper. The story follows their lives as the they have another child, Donna, the town grows, the newspaper succeeds, and the children grow up. Yancey is a larger than life character, and Sabra becomes a strong woman. Oklahoma is almost a character in itself in the rawness of life there compared to Wichita, KS where they came from.

One of the things Ferber wanted to do was portray women rising to the challenge of their circumstances and overcoming the challenges they meet to show that they can be just as strong and successful as men.

The racist attitudes towards Indians, blacks and the sole Jewish character Sol Levy will be a shock to modern readers. This book was written in 1929 and accurately reflects the times she was writing about. Edna Ferber was a Jew who had been harassed as a child while taking her father his lunch. This happened for seven years from the ages of 5 to 12 in Iowa; about 1900 to 1907.


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