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Jean Webster (1876–1916) was the pen name of Alice Jane Chandler Webster. She was a grandniece of Mark Twain and the author of eight novels, her writing career blossomed amid the suffragist culture of upstate New York and Greenwich Village.
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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143039067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143039068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Fenny!!! on September 21, 2006
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In Daddy-Long-Legs, Jerusha Abbot is an orphan that gets sent to college by a mysterious trustee that thinks she has a future as an author. The only hint to his identity is the glimpse that Jerusha had of his long legs, as he was leaving. His only request is that she write him a letter once a month (with no hope of ever having a reply). For the next four years, Jerusha learns to be like "other girls", and we watch her grow and mature as she finds her voice.

Dear Enemy, the wonderful sequel, is set after Daddy-Long-Legs, where Jerusha is given the orphanage where she grew up. She enlists her best friend from college (whom we are introduced to in Daddy), Sally, to run the orphanage. Sally, a flighty society girl, is completely changed as she learns to love her orphans and the new life she has chosen to lead.

Both of them are romantic, fun and thoughtful, without the preachy-ness of some of the other girls novels published around the same time.

Best part is that BOTH books are published in this one volume - which is a great deal (and saves room on my already overflowing bookshelf). Footnotes in the back of the book help define some of the terminology/setting of the era.

This is a classic that I read as a child, and I'm so happy to have found it again!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Foote on July 24, 2008
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After watching the latest movie of Daddy-Long-Legs (Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron), I had to reread my old favorite and was delighted to find the book at Amazon combining it and Dear Enemy. It was even more delightful than I remembered, probably because I understood a lot more of the humor. I recommend it to anyone from 10 to 80 who likes a nice story about nice people! Written in 1914, it portrays a different world than ours. Written as letters, it's just plain fun. I first got it from an elderly friend of my mother's, probably in the 1930s, and have read it at least half a dozen times. Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. E Mercer on February 8, 2008
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I came across this book by accident because I needed a book on cd to listen to in the car. Now I find myself sitting in my driveway reluctant to get out of the car and leave Jerusha/Judy behind. So beautifully written it's impossible to imagine anyone who would be unmoved by this young woman's letters to her unknown benefactor.
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I read this book as a young girl and it was one of my favorites. How great to have it on my Kindle, so I can read it whenever I want.
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By BevK on December 23, 2013
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This book brought back the nostalgia of my teenage years. It's a great book for early teens. Give it to someone who is romantic.
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By Lady F on August 12, 2013
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Just about my favorite book of all time. Very happy and delightful reading. I recommend to all. My book club read it at my suggestion as an extra for the the year. Then voted it their favorite. Daddy-Long-Legs is fun and Dear Enemy is a great follow-up.
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By warriorprincess on August 8, 2013
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This is a great two for one book. I read Daddy Long Legs when I was a child, and the story has always stuck with me. I read it again about a year ago and then discovered Dear Enemy. I loved them both even more than I did the first time. These are good clean books that children can enjoy, but there is also enough romance and wit for adults to enjoy them as well. I was thrilled to find this copy with both stories. I will read them again, and I can't wait until my daughter is old enough for me to share these stories with her has well.
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