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Daddy-long-legs by Jean Webster

Daddy-long-legs (original 1912; edition 1931)

by Jean Webster (Author)

Series: Daddy-Long-Legs (1)

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Orphaned Judy Abbot relates her college adventures in letters to the mysterious benefactor that she calls Daddy-Long-Legs.
Authors:Jean Webster (Author)
Info:Grosset & Dunlap (1931), Paperback, 304 pages
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Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster (1912)

  1. 70
    Dear Enemy by Jean Webster (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: The sequel to Daddy Long Legs, featuring Sally's adventures at an orphan asylum
  2. 40
    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (mybookshelf)
    mybookshelf: Both are classic stories about unusual young women who enjoy writing.
  3. 30
    Carney's House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace (Bjace)
    Bjace: Partially set at Vassar. Also a story about college friendships.
  4. 20
    When Patty Went to College by Jean Webster (Bjace, HollyMS)
    Bjace: Patty is a fun but less responsible version of Judy Abbott. Both of these are college stories probably set at Vassar.
  5. 20
    A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (HollyMS)
  6. 10
    Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (charl08)
    charl08: Similar epistolary format, although with very different results!
  7. 00
    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede (wordcauldron)
    wordcauldron: Near the same time period, same epistolary style, and similarly entertaining, but with magical elements

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I loved the very particular period school details in the book. The food and clothes and the steeplechase with a paper trail. It rushes forward into the neatly tied fairy tale ending. And yes it is profoundly unfeminist. I enjoyed it. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Don't read the description it gives to much of the plot away, as it is more of a long "short story" than a novel with subplots. It is the life of a collegiate girl written in letters to the one paying her way.
Did I know exactly how the plot would end once a certain character was introduced? YES!!!
Was it boring afterwards? NO!

I felt like it was written by someone who didn't know their exact worldview and so the main character was all over the place, but as most modern humans I watch on YouTube seem to be the same I can't say I really minded.

I have a physical copy and I've been debating giving it to my best friend as she despises the titular creature. ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | Feb 18, 2021 |
Ich muss zugeben, dass ich anfangs etwas schwer in die Geschichte reingekommen bin, da sie sich ausschließlich per Brief erzählt. Doch je weiter es voranschritt, desto mehr wurde ich hineingezogen und Lieber Daddy-Long-Legs hat mich verzaubert.

Die Protagonistin Jerusha "Judy" Abbott reift in den Briefen heran und ich bin ihr sehr gerne gefolgt! Liebenswert die Briefe, in denen sie von neuen Kleidern und Hüten schwärmt - sie hätte sich ein Kleid gekauft, nicht, weil sie sie bräuchte, sondern nur, weil sie es haben wollte! - reizend.

Ihre Gefühlsregungen habe ich stets nachvollziehen können und mit jedem Brief ist Judy mir mehr ans Herz gewachsen. Das lag nicht nur an den niedlichen Zeichnungen, mit denen sie ihre Briefe verziert hat, auch ihre direkte Art fand ich erfrischend: "...haben Sie jemals Hamlet gelesen? Wenn nicht, holen Sie es gleich nach. Es ist allererste Sahne. Von Shakespeare habe ich schon mein Leben lang gehört, aber ich hatte keine Ahnung, dass er wirklich so gut schreibt; ich hatte immer vermutet, dass er vor allem von seinem guten Ruf lebt." Einfach wunderbar.

Und dann das Ende! Das hatte ich wahrlich nicht vorhergesehen, es hat mir aber sehr gefallen.

Fazit: Ein zauberhafter Roman, den ich wärmstens empfehlen kann. ( )
  Gesa-Marie | Aug 25, 2020 |
A delightful read, easy, unable to put down. The story is beautifully written, and the characters well formed. ( )
  Carole46 | Aug 16, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Webster, Jeanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ardizzone, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bodini, B.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boveri, MargretTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cavallotti, GabrioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haapanen-Tallgren, TyyniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibbotson, EvaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kliphuis, J.J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Korthals Altes, AlisonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenz, SusanneEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mac Neill, JoanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Munsching, Annie vanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schreuder, H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simons, GabrielleIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tholema, A.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veen, H.R.S. van derEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The first Wednesday in every month was a Perfectly Awful Day--a day to be awaited with dread, endured with courage and forgotten with haste.
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This entry is for the book Daddy-Long-Legs, first published in 1912. Please do not combine with the 1919 Mary Pickford film, the 1931 Janet Gaynor/Warner Baxter film, or the 1955 Fred Astaire/Leslie Caron film.
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