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Dear Enemy by Gene Webster

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Dear Enemy is the sequel to Jean Webster`s novel Daddy-Long-Legs. First published in 1915, it was among the top ten best sellers in the US in 1916.[1] The story is presented in a series of letters written by Sallie McBride, Judy Abbott`s classmate and best friend in Daddy-Long-Legs. Among the recipients of the letters are Judy; Jervis Pendleton, Judy`s husband and the president of the orphanage where Sallie is filling in until a new superintendent can be installed; and the orphanage`s doctor, embittered Scotsman Robin `Sandy` McRae (to whom Sallie addresses her letters: "Dear Enemy"). Webster employs the epistolary structure to good effect; Sallie`s choices of what to recount to each of her correspondents reveal a lot about her relationships with them.

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Jean Webster ( Alice Jane Chandler Webster ; real name - Alice Jane Chandler Webster ) (July 24, 1876 - June 11, 1916) is an American writer. Born in Fredonia, New York on July 24, 1876.

She was the eldest child of Moffet Annie Webster and Charles Luther Webster. In early childhood, she lived in a matriarchal family, with her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother. Alice`s mother was Mark Twain`s niece, and her father was Twain`s commercial director and subsequently publisher of many of his books. The publishing business, founded in 1884, was initially successful, and when Alice was five years old, the family moved to New York, to a house on Long Island. However, the publishing company ran into difficulties. In 1888, her father took a leave of absence and the family moved back to Fredonia. He then committed suicide in 1891 from a drug overdose. Alice studied in Ferdonia in an ordinary school, from which she graduated in 1894. From 1894 to 1896 she attended Lady Jane Gray School in Binghamton. At one time, about 20 girls were taught music, art, writing letters, dictions and manners there. Many of the details of the school in Webster`s Just Patty, including the location of the school, room names (Sky Beauty, Paradise Alley), uniforms, and the daily schedule for girls and teachers are derived from Lady Jane Gray`s school. While still in school, Alice became known as Jin. Her neighbor was also Alice, and the headmaster asked if she could use a different name. She chose "Jin", a variation on her middle name. Jean graduated from high school in June 1896 and returned to Fredonia. In 1897, Webster entered Vassar College with a degree in English and economics, she took a course in welfare and penitentiary reform and became interested in solving social problems. As part of her course, she visited the institutions of "offenders and disadvantaged children". Her experience at Vassar provided material for future books. There, Webster developed a close friendship with future poet Adelaide Crapsey, who remained her friend until Crapsey`s death in 1914. She participated in many extracurricular activities, including writing and politics. Webster and Crapsey endorsed socialist candidate Eugene Debs in 1900 during the presidential election, although as women they were not allowed to vote. Webster spent a semester in Europe, visiting France and the UK, but Italy was a major destination, including visits to Rome, Naples, Venice and Florence. She traveled with two friends from Vassar, and in Paris she met Ethelyn McKinney and Lena Weinstein, as well as Americans who were to be lifelong friends. While in Italy, Webster collected material for her thesis in economics, Poverty in Italy. She also writes reports on her travels to Poughkeepsie, and collects material for the story, "Villa Gianini", which was published in the Vassar anthology in 1901. She later expanded it into The Wheat Princess. In her final year at Vassar College, she was the literary editor of her class yearbook, graduating from college in June 1901. Returning to Fredonia, Webster began writing When Patty Got College, in which she described the student life of a modern woman. It was published in March 1903 and received good reviews. Webster began writing short stories that would make up Much Ado About Peter. In the winter of 1903-4, she visited Italy with her mother, including spending 6 weeks in a monastery in Palestrina. And she writes the novel "The Wheat Princess", which was later published in 1905. The following years brought onward travel in Italy and an eight-month world tour to Egypt, India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Japan with Ethelyn McKinney, Lena Weinstein and two more friends, as well as the publication of Jerry Junior in 1907 and "The Four Mystery Pools" in 1908. Webster was secretly engaged to Ethelyn Kinney`s brother, Glenn Ford McKinney. A lawyer, he tries to live up to the expectations of his rich and successful father. He has an unhappy marriage with Annette Reine, who was suffering from manic depression. The McKinneys had a child, John, who also suffered from signs of mental instability. In this regard, McKinney often escaped hunting and yachting trips, and also abused alcohol. He was treated several times in a sanatorium. The McKinneys divorced in 1909, but in an era when divorce was unusual and difficult to obtain, they only divorced in 1915. Following his divorce, McKinney continued to fight alcoholism, but his addiction was controlled in the summer of 1912 when he traveled with Webster, Ethelyn McKinney and Lena Weinstein in Ireland. During this period, Webster continued to write short stories and began adapting some of the books for the stage. In 1911, Just Patty was published, and Webster began writing Daddy-Long-Legs while at an old farm in Tyringham, Massachusetts. Webster`s most famous work was originally published as a follow-up story in Ladies` Home Journal and tells the story of an orphan girl, Jerusha, in the form of letters. It was published in October 1912 and received good reviews from critics. The play based on these works on Broadway, as well as the film versions created over the years, in the first of which the role of the heroine was played by the famous silent film actress Mary Pickford, invariably had a resounding success. In June 1915, Glenn Ford McKinney received a divorce, and he and Webster were married in a quiet September ceremony in Washington, Connecticut, on their honeymoon camp near Kinney Quebec, Canada. Back in the United States, the newlyweds settled in an apartment overlooking Central Park and McKinney`s Tymor Farm, in Dutchess County, New York. In November 1915, the sequel to Daddy-Long-Legs, Dear Enemy (novel), was published, and it also turned out to be a bestseller. Also in epistolary form, he recounts the adventures of Jerusha`s college friend who becomes the caretaker of the orphanage where Jerusha grew up. Webster became pregnant and in keeping with family tradition, she was warned that pregnancy could be dangerous. She suffered greatly from morning sickness, by February 1916, she began to feel better and was able to return to active work: social events, visits to prisons, meetings about the shelter of reforms and women`s suffrage. Her friends reported that they had never seen her so happy. Jean Webster was admitted to the Sloane Women`s Hospital in New York on the afternoon of June 10, 1916, giving birth at 10:30 pm to a daughter weighing six and a quarter pounds. All was well at first, but Jean Webster fell ill and died of labor fever at 7:30 am on June 11, 1916.

Her daughter was named Little Jean after her.  Wikipedia

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