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Jean Webster [Alice Jane Chandler Webster]

This is one of seven novels by Jean Webster, an American writer, published for the first time in the U.K. by Hodder & Stoughton. Five of the titles are shown on the rear of the dust jacket, below, and at least three of them have a dust jacket designed by Blampied: Patty & Priscilla, Just Patty, The Four-Pools Mystery and this title. There was an eighth title, Much ado about Peter published by Hodder & Stoughton also in 1916, but I have not seen it.

Jean Webster (1876-1916) was an American writer and author of several novels published between 1903 and 1915, most of which featured young women. Her novels promoted the idea of education for women, and her characters explicitly supported women's suffrage, a cause that she promoted in her personal life. She died in 1916 aged 39 of puerperal fever after giving birth to her first child.

This novel was first published in the USA in 1908.

  First edition, thus

Bibliography code: HOD-16.16

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series: novels of Jean Webster

Year: [1916]

Format: 16 mo

Pages: 187

Binding: red cloth impressed with H&S with a torch through it and vertical lines; title, by author of Daddy-long-legs, and publisher in black on spine with H&S logo impressed

Size: 180 x 115 mm

Dust jacket: signed Blam, lower right

Internal illustrations: none

Price: initially 1 shilling

Printing history: none stated

Printed by: not known


Image of dust jacket

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