Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy by Jean Webster (Halcyon Classics)


Please try again later. There was a problem loading comments right now. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. By bjj on December 4, I bought this as a surprise for my daughter. Like me, she is a long-time Webster fan and particularly loves Daddy-Long-Legs. Unfortunately, I'll be returning this edition from Seven Treasures Publications, which inexplicably and inexcusably doesn't include the drawings which are an integral part of the stories. Shame on the publishers! By KJ on October 3, So was extremely glad to see I could get it on my new kindle.

This is a classic book that is well written and gets you hooked from the start. As i've said this is a classic that I will read over and over again on my kindle just as I have my hard copy. By Kate Song on May 29, Dear Enemy had a different twist to it since the letters are from Sally, Judy's best friend.

The only down side was I didn't quite get Scotch talks in the book in the sequel book--Dear Enemy. I like Daddy-Long-Legs more though. By Dede Wood on May 27, Since Daddy-Long-Legs is such a hard act to follow, it took me a while to actually start reading Dear Enemy. I was actually afraid of being disappointed by the book. Jean Webster has had such a marvelous sense of humor that even my teenage daughter was chuckling. Wish I had found this book a long time ago. By Cyclegirl on February 10, Not only are the charming illustrations that are referenced constantly in the text not included, this edition is full of typos and design errors.

The only thing good about this book is that it is cheap -- and you sure get what you pay for.

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This thing is good for stoking a fire, and that's about it. Trust me, it's worth spending a few extra dollars to get an edition that had some care put into it, and includes the illustrations. By Magician's mom on November 25, The only down side was I didn't quite get Scotch talks in the book in the sequel book--Dear Enemy.

I like Daddy-Long-Legs more though.

One person found this helpful. Since Daddy-Long-Legs is such a hard act to follow, it took me a while to actually start reading Dear Enemy. I was actually afraid of being disappointed by the book. Jean Webster has had such a marvelous sense of humor that even my teenage daughter was chuckling. Wish I had found this book a long time ago. Not only are the charming illustrations that are referenced constantly in the text not included, this edition is full of typos and design errors. The only thing good about this book is that it is cheap -- and you sure get what you pay for.

This thing is good for stoking a fire, and that's about it.

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Trust me, it's worth spending a few extra dollars to get an edition that had some care put into it, and includes the illustrations. Daddy Long Legs has been one of my favorites since childhood. I bought this one for my daughter, but she would not read it. I believe the cover is to blame, at least partially, because it's old and unattractive. Otherwise, it's a classic and I wish more Americans would read it. See all 23 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.

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Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Jun 16, Bee rated it really liked it Shelves: Where has Jerusha Abbott been all my life? As a devotee of plucky heroines like Anne Shirley and Jo March, I am so surprised that I never discovered this book when I was younger. I'm happy to run across it as an adult, though.

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I have the two-book collection and have only read 'Daddy-Long-Legs' so far, but 'Dear Enemy' is waiting on my bedside table, so I may edit this review. As he funds her college education and 'delivers' her from life in an orphanage, she writes him on a regular basis, which was his only stipulation in putting her through school. Along the way, she gains experience and confidence and becomes quite an independent heroine.

I loved her humorous, cutely-awkward outlook on life and her irreverent letters to Daddy-Long-Legs. Jan 20, Suad Shamma rated it did not like it Shelves: This review is only about Dear Enemy: I honestly couldn't finish this book, because I found many parts of it offensive. I realize that the period it was written in, these prejudices were normal, but my mind would just not let me accept it.

It made me lose respect for Sallie's character, and also for Jean Webster. I couldn't believe no one else has noticed these things, or if they have, they're very few indeed. The strongest theme in this story is that of mental disabilities and This review is only about Dear Enemy: The strongest theme in this story is that of mental disabilities and special needs - "defective" children, Sallie called them. The way Sallie refers to them and speaks of them with such huge disregard is shocking and quite upsetting.

The way they are easily discarded with because they are taking the places of more able-bodied, healthy children is really disappointing. That's exactly how they were treated and what Sallie said when she referred to finding institutions for them. Again, I realize those were different times, but my "modern", "progressive" mind could not accept it as OK. When Sallie blatantly mentions how she thinks people with mental illness, or "developmental delays" should not be allowed to procreate so that they don't allow for their genes to spread, or when she discovers one of her girls is an "idiot" and tries to find different accommodations for her, or worse!

When she continuously gets angry with the doctor - her Dear Enemy - and demands that he come back and stop treating those mentally ill people he's gone to care for I cannot read this and be OK with it. To interweave all this wrongness with a love story? Give me a break. It really ruins the whole idea of Daddy-Long-Legs for me, especially the fact that Jean Webster framed herself as socially progressive and a feminist in her first book. Jun 17, Wirepuppy rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wirepuppy by: I just remembered "Daddy Long-Legs", a book that I really loved as a young teen.

My mother gave this to me when I was something between 12 and 14 because she had read it when she was younger and she thought I might like it. I read this book quite a few times when I was younger I read it in German back then and I've never actually read the original. I just really liked the character of Judy Abott and the way she had this whole new world to explore after spending her whole life in an orphanage, I just remembered "Daddy Long-Legs", a book that I really loved as a young teen. I just really liked the character of Judy Abott and the way she had this whole new world to explore after spending her whole life in an orphanage, how there was so much for her to learn and so many books to read.

I just checked on Wikipedia and it was actually written in , which is so weird, because when I was young I always thought it was written in the 50s - I guess because the edition I had was published in the 50s. I have this image in my head of Judy sitting in her room in college in this tower in her window seat, reading and it's snowing outside. It's strange sometimes, how certain images just stick with you even if you don't remember much about the book although I remember this one quite well because I read it so many times.

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I didn't have a clue at the time what the word "Communist" meant, but I was convinced that I was one because Judy wrote in one of her letters to Daddy Long-Legs that she thought she was a Communist. It all just came back to me somehow, I'm not even sure why. But I'm definitely buying the English version sometime soon.

It's really cute and probably a rather a girlish book - it's an epistolary novel about a girl named Jerusha Abott nicknamed Judy who is taken out of an orphanage and sent to college by one of the orphanage's trustees because she is really talented at writing and he wants to offer her the chance of getting a good education, despite the fact that she's really poor and has been brought up in an orphanage. The only thing she has to do in return is to send him a monthly letter.

She's not even supposed to know who he is he never answers her letters, either , so she decides to call him "Daddy Long-Legs" because the only time she actually saw him was from far away and she only saw his back and his shadow which had those long legs, hence the nickname. I just loved discovering the world through Judy's eyes and I think this is well worth a read.

Sep 24, Anne Rioux rated it really liked it. I have had a lot of fun discussing this book with my students in a course on the female Bildungsroman. Two of them read it as children, and although it is known today as a children's novel, it was read by adults as well when it was first published in My adult graduate students enjoyed reading it and particularly loved the heroine, Judy Jerusha Abbott, who is spunky and really comes into her own over the course of the novel.

Daddy Long Legs is a novel in letters, all of them written by Ju I have had a lot of fun discussing this book with my students in a course on the female Bildungsroman. Daddy Long Legs is a novel in letters, all of them written by Judy to her unknown benefactor, who has provided her with a college education. The book participates in a tradition of women's college novels that implicitly addressed the concerns many male authorities had about women gaining access to higher education.

Daddy Long Legs celebrates college and the growth that it allows women. The big question for many readers is whether or not the heroine will continue to grow after the end of the book. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that through our class discussions, most of my students felt that Jean Webster portrayed a progressive heroine who refuses to allow others to direct her fate. We especially enjoyed comparing her to Jo March in Little Women.

My students felt that in many ways Judy was able to find her voice to a greater extent than Jo. As one student put it, Judy was recording in her letters her "authentic self" rather than pursuing and "ideal self," as Jo was. T he book is also a Kunstlerroman, as it narrates a young writer's development of her creative identity. There are some lovely passages in which she is reveling in her freedom to write, as Jo did. For instance, "Isn't it fun to work. It's especially fun when your kind of work is the thing you'd rather do more than anything else in the world.

For that reason alone, I would strongly recommend it. Sep 20, Amber Stokes rated it really liked it. Rating is for Dear Enemy 4. Greatly enjoyed both stories! Although Daddy-Long-Legs is my favorite of the two, currently. It's possible that Dear Enemy will only grow in favor as time goes on, though! Loved hearing secondhand about Judy's life in Dear Enemy and loved seeing the John Grier Home blossom under Sallie's tenacious and passionate care.

I found it very interesting to see shades of Chr Rating is for Dear Enemy 4. Aug 26, Zahraa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Daddy-Long-Legs " I like to pretend that you belong to me, just to play with the idea, but of course I know you don't. Jun 05, Rebecca rated it really liked it Recommends it for: How is it that I'm 32 years old and just discovering Daddy-Long-Legs? Such a delicious book: How exciting to know that there are still so many wonderful books waiting to be discovered.

And so many of them freely available via Project Gutenberg! Good heavens, I do believe that I enjoyed the second volume even more th How is it that I'm 32 years old and just discovering Daddy-Long-Legs? Good heavens, I do believe that I enjoyed the second volume even more than the first!

What a delightful pair of novellas. Mar 24, Jeslyn rated it really liked it. Even though Daddy-Long-Legs is the superior book of the two, this is the best format to read Webster's two classic tales of Jerusha "Judy" Abbott and her experiences growing up in an orphanage from which she departs for college and the wider world, thanks to the funding of an anonymous Trustee of the John Grier Home - who doesn't like girls.

The two conditions of his grant are that his identity remain anonymous, and that Jerusha will write a monthly letter to him with a report of her performance Even though Daddy-Long-Legs is the superior book of the two, this is the best format to read Webster's two classic tales of Jerusha "Judy" Abbott and her experiences growing up in an orphanage from which she departs for college and the wider world, thanks to the funding of an anonymous Trustee of the John Grier Home - who doesn't like girls.

The two conditions of his grant are that his identity remain anonymous, and that Jerusha will write a monthly letter to him with a report of her performance. The letters will not be read, it must be understood, but are instead designed as an exercise that will stimulate her to become an author. From these laughable beginnings oh yes, writing letters no one will read must be so motivating for anyone, let alone a person who is expected to become an author! Dear Enemy continues the fun, but curiously its multiple correspondents makes this one a bit less appealing than DDL - still worth the read, however.

And here again, as with so many of the books I enjoy the most, these century-old novels can still strike a chord in the 21st century. Regardless of which copy of these stories you settle on, please note that not all contain the original illustrations - and their absence would leave a huge hole in the reading experience. Insist on a copy with illustrations!

View all 6 comments. Mar 21, Francesca Tripiedi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ringrazio Cristina D'Avena per avermi condotto sin qui. Mi vergogno un po' ad ammettere di non aver mai letto "Daddy Long Legs" prima di adesso e al momento non riesco a ricordare com'era la mia vita prima di imbattermi in Jerusha "Judy" Abbott. Insomma, Cristina, ti devo quasi tutto quello che sono come individuo pensante.

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Ti strapazzerei di coccole! I thought this was a fun book, light and charming--I loved reading the protagonist's letters they made me want to write better letters! I had skimmed this book years before, so much of its content wasn't new to me, but I'd forgotten many of the details, and it was fun to revisit. View all 3 comments. Definitely one of my childhood favs: