Jean Webster 1876—1916

Jean Webster

Jean Webster (pseudonym for Alice Jane Chandler Webster) was an American writer and author of many books including Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. Her best-known books feature lively and likeable young female protagonists who come of age intellectually, morally, and socially, but with enough humor, snappy dialogue, and gently biting social commentary to make her books palatable and enjoyable to contemporary readers.

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Daddy Long-Legs (1912)

One of the great novels of American girlhood, Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs follows the adventures of an orphan named Judy Abbott, whose letters to her...read more »

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Dear Enemy (1915)

In Dear Enemy (sequel to Daddy Long Legs), Sallie McBride, the dear friend of Judy Abbot (heroine of Daddy Long-Legs), accepts an appointment as superin...read more »

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Jerry (1907)

Never before in the history of his connection with the Hotel du Lac had Gustavo encountered such a munificent, companionable, expansive, entertaining, ‘...read more »

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Just Patty (1911)

Just Patty is the prequel to When Patty Went to College, which was Webster’s first novel. We see the same lovable prankster at school, causing just as m...read more »

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Much Ado About Peter (1905)

We follow Peter’s life while working as a groom for the wealthy Carter family. He has to deal with rowdy young children of his upper class employers, wh...read more »

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The Four-Pools Mystery (1908)

In The Four Pools Mystery the tyrannical plantation owner is deemed responsible for his own murder because of his mistreatment of the former slaves who ...read more »

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When Patty Went to College (1903)

When Patty Went to College is a humorous novel about life in an all-girls’ college at the turn of the century. Patty is a happy, fun-loving prankster wh...read more »