Jean Webster


Born
in Fredonia, New York, The United States
July 24, 1876

Died
June 11, 1916

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Influences
Social Problems & young feelings


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 most well-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.

Average rating: 4.1 · 61,172 ratings · 7,590 reviews · 60 distinct worksSimilar authors
Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long...

4.15 avg rating — 48,434 ratings — published 1912 — 1227 editions
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Dear Enemy (Daddy-Long-Legs...

3.92 avg rating — 8,216 ratings — published 1915 — 319 editions
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Daddy-Long-Legs / Dear Enemy

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4.22 avg rating — 2,101 ratings10 editions
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When Patty Went to College

3.55 avg rating — 1,018 ratings — published 1903 — 140 editions
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Just Patty

3.75 avg rating — 749 ratings — published 1911 — 136 editions
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Jerry Junior

3.33 avg rating — 331 ratings — published 1907 — 133 editions
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Jean Webster's Collected Wo...

4.31 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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The Four Pools Mystery

3.10 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 1908 — 130 editions
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Jean Webster: Daddy-Long-Le...

4.59 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2014
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The Wheat Princess

3.88 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1905 — 43 editions
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Daddy-Long-Legs Dear Enemy
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4.12 avg rating — 58,740 ratings

Just Patty When Patty Went to College
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3.64 avg rating — 1,767 ratings

“It isn't the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh - I really think that requires spirit.
It's the kind of character that I am going to develop. I am going to pretend that all life is just a game which I must play as skillfully and fairly as I can. If I lose, I am going to shrug my shoulders and laugh - also if I win.”
Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs

“Half of the time I don't know what they're talking about; their jokes seem to relate to a past that everyone but me has shared. I'm a foreigner in the world and I don't understand the language.”
Jean Webster

“I'm going to enjoy every second, and I'm going to know I'm enjoying it while I'm enjoying it. Most people don't live; they just race. They are trying to reach some goal far away on the horizon, and in the heat of the going they get so breathless and panting that they lose sight of the beautiful, tranquil country they are passing through; and then the first thing they know, they are old and worn out, and it doesn't make any difference whether they've reached the goal or not.”
Jean Webster

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