Roast Beef, Medium

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Edna Ferber was an early 20th century American author and playwright. Ferber worked for several newspapers. She covered the 1920 Republican and Democratic national conventions for the United Press Association. Her novels often featured a strong female protagonist and often had a secondary character who faced some form of discrimination. In 1925 her novel So Big won a Pulitzer Prize. Roast Beef, Medium is a series of stories featuring Emma McChesney, a robust, divorced mother and traveling saleswoman for T. A. ...
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Roast Beef, Medium (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): The Business Adventures of Emma McChesney

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Edna Ferber was an early 20th century American author and playwright. Ferber worked for several newspapers. She covered the 1920 Republican and Democratic national conventions for the United Press Association. Her novels often featured a strong female protagonist and often had a secondary character who faced some form of discrimination. In 1925 her novel So Big won a Pulitzer Prize. Roast Beef, Medium is a series of stories featuring Emma McChesney, a robust, divorced mother and traveling saleswoman for T. A. Buck's Featherloom Skirts and Petticoats. Emma's adventures, many of them fending off men's advances, are optimistic and redolent of the age. The story begins, "Roast Beef, Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy. Seated at Life's Dining Table, with the Menu of Morals before you, your eye wanders a bit over the entrees, the hors d'oeuvres, and the things _a la_, though you know that Roast Beef, Medium, is safe, and sane, and sure. It agrees with you. As you hesitate there sounds in your ear a soft and insinuating Voice. "You'll find the tongue in aspic very nice today," purrs the Voice. "May I recommend the chicken pie, country style? Perhaps you'd relish something light and tempting. Eggs Benedictine. Very fine. Or some flaked crab meat, perhaps. With a special Russian sauce."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781438518848
  • Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    A Woman Road Warrior In Early 20th Century

    From 1910 through 1915, Edna Ferber wrote a series of stories about Emma McChesney, a divorced woman who was raising a son while working as a traveling saleswoman. Although the character of Ms. McChesney would have been considered singular and uncharacteristic of what most women did back then, the stories were very popular and appeared regularly in magazines. This book is a collection of the best of these stories.

    The stories are astonishingly modern. Most books and stories written 100 years ago now seem stilted, with stiff dialog, and situations that are no longer recognizable to modern sensibilities. In the McChesney stories, however, we see our heroine deal with mashers, the drudgery of travel to an endless series of small, midwestern towns, the fight for sales against the "good ol' boys" club, longing for a real kitchen to make a real meal, and worry about whether her son, Jock, will grow up right. All of these ring true for any woman working today. Emma McChesney faces her challenges with humor and pluck, finding friends everywhere, and succeeding against odds.

    Edna Ferber, a Pulitzer prize winning author, with books turned into stage plays, musicals, and Hollywood movies, is largely forgotten today. It's too bad, as these stories are well written, have a likeable heroine, draw a shrewd picture of life in small towns, and crackle with sharp dialog.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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