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Jean Webster (1876-1916) was born into a liberal New York family who prided themselves on their outspoken participation in many political and social causes. Webster grew up in an atmosphere of writing and publishing; her mother was related to author Mark Twain, and her father was a successful publisher for many years. Webster attended boarding school, followed by university at Vassar College in New York, where she studied literature and economics, and volunteered in needy neighborhoods around the city. In 1903, Webster published her first novel, When Patty Went to College, which was based on her own experiences at a women’s college. The novel was embraced by readers and critics, and Webster went on to write short stories and novels, among them Jerry Junior, Much Ado About Peter, Just Patty, and The Four Pools Mystery. Webster’s most famous work, Daddy Long-Legs, was published in 1911. Daddy Long-Legs became so popular that Webster adapted it for the stage, and the play was performed in cities across the United States. After marrying her longtime love, Glenn Ford McKinney, Webster tragically died just after giving birth to a daughter in 1916. Her writing, sometimes controversial in nature, stands out as a testament to the mind and imagination of early twentieth-century America.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
Your letter is here. I have read it twice, and with amazement. Do I understand that Jervis has given you, for a Christmas present, the making over of the John Grier Home into a model institution, and that you have chosen me to ...
Reviewed by Akovash on Jul 8, 2012
Old but new
Daddy-Long-Legs has long been my favorite book (I even have a first edition), but didn't know this existed. I loved seeing the "modern" thinking in this book even as I loved the inside look into early twentieth century life and thinking. It's a great story line, took highly recommend both books.
Reviewed by cuiblemorgan on Dec 15, 2009
Highly recommended epistolary old-fashioned novel.
This is a sequel/companion book to Daddy Long Legs which I recently finished and enjoyed. Both books are epistolary novels and are an excellent format to read through DailyLit.com. Published in the early 1900s, Webster writes of the hopes and dreams of "modern" women who have gone to college and want to have careers. Highly recommended if you like old-fashioned novels.
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