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DetailsThe oldest orphan at a dreary home for foundlings, Judy Abbott is about to go off to college -- a dream she's been able to realize with the help of a benefactor who insists on remaining anonymous. There's a catch, though: Judy has to write her unknown patron regularly about school activities, and it's to be one-sided correspondence because she is to expect no reply. Judy faithfully addresses her letters to "Daddy-Long-Legs," a name she decides to use after having glimpsed the back of her tall, mysterious friend.At school, she hides her impoverished past from her arrogant classmate Julia, whose young, handsome, and rich uncle becomes a figure who sets Judy and readers alike wondering about the identity of her secret and immensely generous sponsor.Presented in letter format, with dozens of messages to "Daddy," this charming romantic novel of the early twentieth century -- written and delightfully illustrated by the author, who had an interest in the problems of the unfortunate -- inspired numerous popular motion pictures.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jean Webster (1875-1916) was born in Fredonia, New York, the daughter of Charles L. Webster, who was Mark Twain's publisher and business partner. Educated at Vassar College, she must have been a woman with a strong social conscience, perhaps aroused by her visits as a student to orphanages and other institutions (part of her economics course: her degree was in English and economics). She was always concerned for the plight of children who began life with such disadvantages and later she served on committees for prison reform and regularly visited Sing Sing jail. She wrote a number of novels that are now forgotten, but the last two, Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) and its sequel Dear Enemy (1915), have survived both in book form, stage and film versions, and a British musical comedy Love from Judy produced in 1953. In 1915 Jean Webster married Glenn Ford McKinney. She died a year later, the day after the birth of her daughter.
SKU Code PRK B 3254 Weight in Kg 0.0600 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9780486423678 Author Name Jean Webster Publisher Name DOVER PUBLICATION