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Multifaceted Writers

While many women writers have succeeded in specific fields of literature, some women have excelled in several forms of writing. Women such as Edna Ferber, Katherine Anne Porter, and Dorothy Parker have proven themselves as versatile authors capable of writing anything from essays to plays.

Edna Ferber (1885-1968) wrote novels, plays, and short stories that detail life in midwestern America. She began her career as a journalist and worked for the Appleton Daily Crescent and the Milwaukee Journal. Many of her novels were also made into movies from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. In 1924 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, So Big, a story of a widow that provides for her son by running the family farm. She also wrote the novel Show Boat that later became a successful musical and movie.

Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) is best known for her short stories and novel, but she also wrote essays, book reviews, articles, and screenplays. In 1962, Porter published Ship of Fools, her only novel, and achieved great success with the book. In 1965 Porter wrote her famous Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, that won her the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1966.

The Katherine Anne Porter stamp is the twenty-second stamp in the Literary Arts Series. The ceremony was held at the Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas. The stamp was designed by Michael J. Deas and was inspired by a 1936 photograph of Porter that was taken by George Platt Lynes. Behind Porter’s portrait is an ocean scene that is described in her novel, Ship of Fools.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is one of the most versatile writers of her time. Parker successfully wrote short stories, plays, poems, screen plays, reviews, and magazine articles and is well known for her sardonic and satirical writing style. In 1959 she was inducted into the highly selective American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Dorothy Parker stamp was issued in West End, New Jersey, and is the tenth in the Literary Arts Series of stamps. The stamp contains a portrait of Parker and was designed by Greg Rudd.

83c Edna Ferber single

This 83-cent stamp was reissued June 2003, after originally being issued on July 29, 2002. The stamp was issued in Appleton, Wisconsin, for the Distinguished Americans Series and was designed by Richard Sheaff.

29c Show Boat single

This 29-cent stamp was issued on July 14, 1993, in New York’s Times Square as part of the Legends of American Music Series. The stamp was designed by Wilson McLean and depicts a scene from Edna Ferber’s play "Show Boat."

29c Dorothy Parker single

This 29-cent stamp was issued August 22, 1992.