When Patty Went to College
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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)
"Paper-weights," observed Patty, sucking an injured thumb, "were evidently not made for driving in tacks. I wish I had a hammer."
This remark called forth no response, and Patty peered down from the top of the step-ladder at her room-mate, who was sitting on the floor dragging sofa-pillows and ...
Reviewed by bluekumo3 on Jul 8, 2011
Didn't feel much empathy with the main character, was an okay read.
Reviewed by cuiblemorgan on Dec 15, 2009
Humorous academic and social anecdotes
Patty's adventures in college reflect the social mores and humor of early 1900's. Made me think of what college might have been like for my grandmother if she had received the opportunity.
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