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For the cover of this novel, Random House USA were looking for an image to capture the ambiance of the story whilst projecting the feeling of a scene from a vintage black-and-white Hollywood film.

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Random House USA’s “Vintage Movie Classics” series relaunches some of the original novels behind the movies we know and love!


This title from the series, Show Boat, takes us on board the Cotton Blossom, a floating theatre travelling the Mississippi River. Edna Ferber takes the reader on a nostalgic journey from 1880s river life to roaring 1920s New York, whilst we follow the lives of three generations of showboat performers. At times sweet, at times sad, this story gives us an intimate glimpse into the forgotten world of showboat entertainment and brings to life those small isolated riverside towns that relied on showboats as their main source of amusement.

The novel was adapted as a hit Broadway musical in 1927 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, after which three films followed in 1929, 1936, and 1951.


Cover design by Evan Gaffney Design


akg-images provided images for other covers in this series: Back Street and Cimarron.

Show Boat (Random House USA)