Alice Jane Chandler Webster (1876-1916) was an American writer and author. A relative of Mark Twain, Webster attended Vassar and became involved in social causes, working with the College Settlement House which served poor communities in New York. She was a supporter of women's suffrage, a socialist, and interested in institutional reform, particularly orphanages. She died shortly after giving birth to a daughter in 1916.
Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy by Jean Websterby Jean Webster
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DADDY-LONG-LEGS and its sequel, DEAR ENEMY, follow the lives of two orphan girls, Jerusha Abbott and her classmate Sallie McBride through a series of letters. In DADDY-LONG-LEGS, Jerusha "Judy" Abbott has been brought up in an old-fashioned orphanage but excels in her schoolwork, particularly writing. At age 18, however, she finds herself working at the orphanage with few prospects. Her life changes when a mysterious benefactor offers to pay her way through college, requiring only that she write him a letter a month. Addressed to Mr. John Smith, she faithfully writes the letters, never to receive a reply.
In DEAR ENEMY, Judy Abbott's classmate and best friend Sally McBride grows from a young woman into a successful mature woman. Sally sends her letters to Judy Abbott; Jervis Pendleton, Judy's husband and the president of the orphanage where Sallie is filling in until a new superintendent can be installed; and the orphanage's doctor, the bitter Robin 'Sandy' McRae, whom Sallie addresses as "Dear Enemy."
The novels explore a number of themes relevant to early 20th century America, including the changing role of women, orphans, divorce, and social work. Includes an active table of contents for easy navigation.
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This is a great book, which I love, but this Nook version has no internal structuring (not even a page link to the second book), and is completely missing all the illustrations, of which there are many in the original and which are part of the story.