Personality Plus: Some Experiences of Emma McChesney and Her Son, Jock

Personality Plus: Some Experiences of Emma McChesney and Her Son, Jock

Edna Ferber

Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

"You\'re too darned charming." That\'s what the "Old Man" told Jock McChesney, and that\'s why Jock went home and forgot to turn on the lights. "Personality Plus," by Edna Ferber, was the first of a new series of Business Stories by Edna Ferber. Jock McChesney, son of Emma McChesney - one woman in a million, according to "Old Man" Bartholomew Berg - is the hero. With something of his mother\'s splendid courage in his heart, but with nothing of her canny knowledge in his head, Jock fares forth to do battle with the merciless god, Business. The battle ground is the Advertising Profession. There is electricity in the telling of it and wisdom too, and lots of fun. "An intensely interesting story of a young man\'s experience in an advertising agency. Gives many sidelights on real advertising experience and is worthy of careful reading." -Business: The Magazine for Office Store and Factory "Technically the hero is a young American named Jock, but in reality Emma McChesney, \'secretary to the T. A. Buck Featherloom Petticoat Company,\' is again the principal figure. Those who receive slight intellectual thrills from Miss Ferber\'s humorous observation of American life and those who enjoy reading it as they would enjoy talking over old times with a friend whose turn for epithet and comment pleased them, admire these stories." -The Dial "\'Personality Plus,\' it seems, is the possession in a salesman of such excessive charm that his prospective customers enjoy his society so much that they can\'t do business with him. At first this hindered the activities of Jock McChesney, the wide-awake, sometimes bumptious son of Emma McChesney, once the best saleswoman on the road, a good and clever lady much liked by readers of Miss Ferber\'s former stories. Soon Jock finds himself and makes his hit. The story is intensely modern, humorous, and shrewdly observant of business and of men and women." -The Outlook
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Giant

Giant

Edna Ferber

Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

This sweeping tale captures the essence of Texas on a staggering scale as it chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his naive young society wife, Leslie, and three generations of land-rich sons. A sensational story of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, Giant was the basis of the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson.
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Cimarron

Cimarron

Edna Ferber

Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

The basis for the Academy Award-winning major motion picture starring Best Actor nominee Richard Dix and Best Actress nominee Irene Dunne.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.Originally published in 1929, and twice made into a motion picture, Cimarron brings history alive, capturing the settling of the American West in vivid detail.With a new foreword by Julie...
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Show Boat

Show Boat

Edna Ferber

Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

Bringing to life the adventurous world of Mississippi show boats, the grittiness of turn-of-the-century Chicago, and the majesty of 1920s Broadway, Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber's" Show Boat" is a classic. Magnolia Hawks spends her childhood aboard the "Cotton Blossom," growing up amid simmering racial tension and struggling to survive life on the Mississippi. When she falls in love with the dashing Gaylord Ravenal and moves with him to Chicago, the joy of giving birth to their beautiful daughter, Kim, is offset by Gaylord's gambling addiction and distrustful ways. Only when Kim sets off on her own to pursue success on the New York stage does Magnolia return to the "Cotton Blossom," reflecting on her own life and all who once called the show boat their home. Originally published in 1926, adapted for the stage as a musical a year later and filmed three times over three decades, "Show Boat" brilliantly explores a nation going pivotal change through the lens of its popular culture. With a new introduction by Foster Hirsch. Vintage Movie Classics spotlights classic films that have stood the test of time, now rediscovered through the publication of the novels on which they were based.
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Saratoga Trunk

Saratoga Trunk

Edna Ferber

Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

The basis for the classic film starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, Saratoga Trunk unfolds the story of Clio Dulaine, an ambitious Creole beauty who more than meets her match in Clint Maroon, a handsome Texan with a head for business -- and an eye for beautiful young women. Together they do battle with Southern gentry and Eastern society, but in their obsession to acquire all they've ever wanted, they fail to realize they already have all they'll ever need -- each other.
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So Big

So Big

Edna Ferber

Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and widely considered to be Edna Ferber's greatest achievement, So Big is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago. It is the unforgettable story of Selina Peake DeJong, a gambler's daughter, and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity and her sanity in the face of marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. A brilliant literary masterwork from one of the twentieth century's most accomplished and admired writers, the remarkable So Big still resonates with its unflinching view of poverty, sexism, and the drive for success.
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