A typed letter on the stationery of famous American novelist, playwright, short story writer EDNA FERBER (1885-1968), dated February 13, 1937, signed in ink by Ferber. It is addressed to a Miss Janet Cohn of Park Avenue, New York, and reads: "Dear Miss Cohn/You wrote to me about a possible dramatization of THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN. Has the young author ever done any playwriting, or is this his first attempt? Would you be good enough to let me know a little more about him. If you prefer not to give me his name, I don't insist on that./Sincerely, Edna Ferber". Ferber, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to a Hungarian-Jewish father and German-Jewish mother from Milwaukee, was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize in 1925. Some of her best known works include Show Boat (1926), Cimarron (1929) and Giant (1952). Many of her works feature strong female protagonists and characters who are dealing with various types of discrimination. She herself experienced anti-Semitism while in Iowa as a young woman.
The letter is in fair condition, with a triangular, possibly punched hole a top left, a tiny nick out of the extreme right lower corner and an apparent stamp from the office of the receiver, dated two days after the date of the letter. There is also a thinned spot roughly between the date and the addressee name, corresponding to perhaps where a hinge had once been on the reverse side.