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Jean Webster (1) (1876–1916)

Autor(a) de Daddy-Long-Legs

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About the Author

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Obras de Jean Webster


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Webster, Jean
Nome de batismo
Webster, Alice Jane Chandler
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Fredonia, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Fredonia, New York, USA
New York, New York, USA
Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA
Lady Jane Grey School, Binghamton, New York, USA
Vassar College
short story writer
young adult writer
social reformer
girls' school story author
Twain, Mark (mother's uncle)
Crapsey, Adelaide (Jean's lifelong close friend)
State Charities Aid Association
Pequena biografia
Jean Webster was the pen name of Alice Jane Chandler Webster, born in Fredonia, New York. Her mother, Annie Moffett Webster, was a niece of Mark Twain and her father, Charles Luther Webster, was Twain's business partner. She was educated at the Fredonia Normal School and the Lady Jane Grey School in Binghamton. In 1897 she enrolled at Vassar College, where she wrote stories for the Vassar Miscellany. She also wrote a weekly local news column for the Poughkeepsie Sunday Courier. She spent a semester abroad in France, Italy, and England. After graduation, she moved to New York City and worked as a freelance writer. Her first novel, When Patty Went to College, was published in 1903. In 1906-1907, she went on a world tour with Ethelyn McKinney, her future sister-in-law, and Lena Weinstein, a close friend. In her career, she produced a total of eight novels and numerous short stories and plays. Daddy Long-Legs (1912) was a bestseller and was later adapted for the stage and several film versions. She also had a deep interest in many social reform issues, including orphaned children, prison reform, and women's suffrage. She became secretly engaged to Glenn Ford McKinney, a wealthy married lawyer. After 7 years, he finally obtained a divorce and they married in 1915. They lived in an apartment overlooking Central Park and at Tymor Farm in rural Dutchess County. Jean Webster died in childbirth in 1916, just short of her 40th birthday. Daughter Jean McKinney Connor survived.



Book source ~ Purchased at Chirp

In the early 1900s, Jerusha “Judy” Abbot grew up in a home for orphans. When she is 18, she is sent to college by one of the trustees who chose to remain anonymous. As part of his agreement to pay for her tuition, room and board, she is to address him as Mr. Smith and write to him monthly when she received her allowance. She does so and this is a collection of her letters to him.

Ok, this is just as delightful as I remember it being when I read it as a kid several decades *cough*four to be precise*cough* ago. I actually only vaguely recalled it, but remembered that I enjoyed it, so when I saw it on sale at Chirp I jumped at the chance to revisit it. Also, the narrator is fantastic!… (mais)
AVoraciousReader | outras 109 resenhas | May 20, 2024 |
3.5 stars. A cute, short epistolary novel.
caaleros | outras 109 resenhas | May 17, 2024 |
This is a hot take because so many people love this book! I enjoyed this book overall, but I wish that it was written in a different style. The beginning of the novel is a third-person narration, following Judy at the orphanage and being allowed to go to college by a secret benefactor, she has to write to him every week and she will only ever receive responses from his secretary. The rest of the novel is epistolary, which works until the very end.

I am going to do my best to not spoil this part, but I wish that the revelation of Daddy-Long-Legs was changed back to third-person, I wish we got to see Judy realize who her benefactor is through this narration rather than in letters to him. I was a little disappointed, but it was an enjoyable read.… (mais)
tayswift1477 | outras 109 resenhas | May 15, 2024 |
Read Teddy's 1912 edition.
libq | outras 109 resenhas | Jan 4, 2024 |



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