Despite their tendency towards socialism and eugenics (this was the very beginning of the 1900s), I love the books Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy by Jean Webster. I love the strong heroines and fun plots. I knew Jean Webster had written other books but I never thought I would actually find one…however, I did! I bought Just Patty for $2 and it was probably the best $2 I spent all year. I’ll be reviewing that one along with all my other 5 star reviews in my end of the year book post. Keep your eye out for it!
I never before realized how remarkably ‘progressive’ Jean Webster was for her time. When she died in 1916 at age 30, women still didn’t have the vote. You wouldn’t guess it from her novels, however. Her heroines are hale and hearty and usually college bound. They jump from geometry to party dresses without batting an eyelash. In fact, the more I think about the era they were written in, the more I love these novels! I really want to find When Patty Went to College, which was her first book written in 1903. While her works aren’t overly political, they contain sharp social commentary that makes you think, even today.