”The Dancing Girls, and Other Stories” contains four short-stories by two-times Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber, written between 1910 and 1919. The title story paints a pictures of small-town America and of life ”on the other side of the tracks.” ”The Dancing Girls” is followed by ”Old Lady Mandle,” ”Long Distance,” and ”One Hundred Percent.”
Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was an American author. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and of Jewish descent, she suffered a lot from antisemitism, especially as a child, and was riddled with fear as she witness the Nazi Party party rise in Germany and gain followers across the Western world. Ferber won the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1924 with her novel ”So Big” and in 1926 with ”Show Boat”. Furthermore, her novels ”Cimarron” (1930), ”Giant” (1952), ”Ice Palace” (1958) were each adapted to film. Her novels are remembered and celebrated for their strong female characters and their unique rendering of their American setting.