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Daddy-Long-Legs

Jean Webster (1876-1916)

1. 01 - Blue Wednesday
2. 02 - Freshman Year 1
3. 03 - Freshman Year continued
4. 04 - Sophomore Year 1
5. 05 - Sophomore Year continued
6. 06 - Junior Year 1
7. 07 - Junior Year continued
8. 08 - Senior Year
9. 09 - Graduate

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Summary

Jerusha Abbott, an eighteen year old orphan, faces an uncertain future in the charity home where she has lived all her life. On reaching adulthood, the orphanage can no longer offer shelter to its inmates. Her anxiety leads her into wild speculation when she is summoned to the matron's office. But a surprise awaits her. One of the visitors, a wealthy Trustee of the orphanage, has offered to fund Jerusha's college education and fulfill her dreams of becoming a writer. The only condition he makes is that he remain anonymous and that she write to him regularly about her progress. Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster was first published in 1912. It follows an epistolatory format and traces the story through a series of letters exchanged between the youthful heroine, Jerusha and her mysterious benefactor whom she has privately nicknamed Daddy-Long-Legs based on a brief glimpse she caught of him once. The book is a young girl's classic coming-of-age tale, a genre that includes the Little Women trilogy, the Katy series and the Anne of Green Gables books. Apart from being a heart-warming story, it also reflects the author's social concerns and her interest in women's issues and the suffragette movement. It is in a way a Beauty and the Beast fairy tale that reflects the transformation of the characters and their attitudes towards each other and life. Jean Webster was born in New York into a literary family. Her father, Charles Webster was Mark Twain's business manager and head of Twain's publishing company, Charles Webster & Co. Her mother was a strong, independent woman, Mark Twain's own niece, who came from a family of forceful matriarchs. However, after initial success, the publishing business and the relationship with the famous author deteriorated and the family moved back to their old home in Fredonia. She began writing columns for local newspapers while traveling on holiday in Europe and published her first book, When Patty Went to College in 1903. Daddy-Long-Legs is Webster's most famous and popular novel and first appeared as a serial in the Lady's Home Journal. So great was its popularity that Jean Webster was commissioned to adapt it for stage in 1913. She toured with the theater company and enjoyed even greater success. Daddy-Long-Legs dolls became all the rage in that era! She died tragically in childbirth in 1916. Daddy-Long-Legs has been adapted to film, stage and television several times all over the world in many different languages and the century-old story still has the power to keep readers, young and old, enthralled.

Reviews

Alina Tamayo

- Daddy Long Legs

Loved every minute of this beautiful book. So much so, that I read it again as soon as I finshed it, to appreciate even more every detail. I am ready to start Dear Enemy.The readr is OUTSTANDING!!! Thank you very much.

Lady L

- Daddy long legs

Love this book. Had me from the start to the end. Nicely red, thank you:)

ravenriley

- kudos

the reader is excellent, i felt i have lived the story through her reading, plays this in the background whenever i try to sleep. its relaxing.

KS

- Daddy Long Legs

Loved this book as a child and am now 76 years old and enjoying it very much. A very human approach and unusual style of narration. Recommend this book strongly.

dg

- dll

Jo, I'm sure this was such a fun book to read and you did a wonderful job! Sorry Lisa didn't appreciate your pleasure and since we cannot ask the author about the inflection, I'll just agree with the way you did it. Fun story.

kayjay

Wonderful reader! Always an interesting book.

Lisa R

- daddy long legs

Wow, I completely disagree with prior reviews. I found the reader to be annoyingly distracting. She puts way too much of herself in it, trying to be coy, arch, and impudent to match how she sees the main character. I appreciate her time donated, but think the reading should be like a blank canvass, not competing with the author. This isn't the place for thwarted acting ambitions. Sorry but that's how I feel.

Roya

- Fall in Love with this Book

I had seen the cartoon version of this book while ago, listening to it was even more amazing. The reader is wonderful. She reads it so passionately that make you feel you are actually watching characters.

Cheryl

- Daddy Long Legs

This was my favourite book when I was 14 (forty years ago). I enjoy listening to audio books while I knit and thoroughly enjoyed this reading.

PJ

- Wonderful

Terrific "story" in letter form. Will have to look for Dear Enemy. Jo, one of the best readers I have heard.

Linda

- Reviewer

Loved this story...had me from the start ..and yes..read the sequel Dear Enemy

Tiffany

- Loved this story!

What a refreshingly unusual book..... Wow! The reader, Jo, contributed immensely to my positive enjoyment of this story too. She made it come alive so artfully, and was an absolute pleasure to listen to.....Thank you!

Excellent and beautifully read. The sequel, Dear Enemy, was also very good.

anna

Enjoyed it so much. thank you

So Cute. The reader did well, I was very engaged! Thank you so much!

Bethany

- Wonderful Story

Did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Liked the reader and her style. She made the letters so real and full of emotion. Really liked the story as well. It was definitely an enjoyable book. Thank you!

Jennifer

- Sweet Story

Loved it!

Amy

- Sigh!

I love this story so much!