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Jean Webster

Jean Webster

Jean Webster (1876–1916) was an American novelist and playwright born in New York State. Her mother was Mark Twain’s niece and her father was Twain’s business manager and publisher.


Jean went to college and was interested in politics. She was a college contemporary and friend of the American poet Adelaide Crapsey. Jean toured the world for eight months with her best friend Ethelyn McKinney. She also wrote eight novels about lively young women.


Jean married Ethelyn’s brother in 1915. The following year, she gave birth to a daughter, Little Jean. Sadly, Jean herself died soon afterwards from birth complications.

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