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Patty & Priscilla

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. The titles are shown on the rear of the dust jacket, below, and at least four of them have a dust jacket designed by Blampied: Jerry, Just Patty, The Four-Pools Mystery and this title. There was an eighth title, Much ado about Peter published by Hodder & Stoughton 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 was Webster's first novel, entitled When Patty went to College (1903) in the USA. Presumably Britsish readers were not thought to be able to cope with the possibility that a woman could go to college. This novel preceded Just Patty (1911).

  First edition, thus

Bibliography code: HOD-15-17

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series: novels of Jean Webster

Year: [1915]

Format: 16 mo

Pages: pp 256

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 Blampied, middle left

Internal illustrations: none

Price: initially 1 shilling, then 2 shillings

Printing history: none stated

Printed by: Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd., London and Aylesbury

Notes: This was also reprinted as a Hodder & Stoughton 'Yellow jacket' for 2/-.

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