Daddy Long Legs


Author: Jean Webster

9789389136678 | PB | pp. 240 | 2020 | Niyogi Books

Daddy Long Legs is a heartwarming novel written in the form of letters between a young girl and her unknown benefactor. This novel gives a glimpse into her life, her education and her journey towards independence.

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Daddy Long Legs is a novel written in the form of a series of letters from a bright young girl, Jerusha Abbott, to her unknown benefactor. Jerusha grew up in an orphanage and one of its trustees offers to pay for her to go to college after reading one of her entertaining essays. This benefactor’s conditions are that Jerusha must write to him regularly to update him on her progress, but he will remain unknown. Jerusha, who catches a glimpse of him, address her letters to ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’. This delightful epistolary novel traces the next few years of Jerusha’s life, as she completes her education and seeks independence. Does she meet Daddy-Long-Legs in the end and who does he turn out to be? You’ll have to read this enjoyable book to find out! This edition includes Timelines of the author’s life and the original year of publication, which provide the literary, historical and cultural context of the book.

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Jean Webster was the pen name of Alice Jane Chandler Webster (1876–1916). She was an author best-known for her books Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. Several of her books have female characters who grow up to deal with the social issues of the time and are written in a sprightly and entertaining tone. A successful author in her lifetime, she was also involved with social issues such as reforms for orphanages, promoting adoption, women’s education and the right to vote for women.


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