Just David by Eleanor Porter

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Just David [with Biographical Introduction]

About Eleanor Porter

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Born in Littleton, New Hampshire, on December 19, 1868, Eleanor Emily Hodgman studied singing at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She gained a local reputation as a singer in concerts and church choirs and continued her singing career after her marriage in 1892 to John L. Porter, a businessman. By 1901, however, she had abandoned music in favor of writing. Eleanor's stories began appearing in numerous popular magazines and newspapers, and in 1907 she published her first novel, Cross Currents. There followed The Turn of the Tide; The Story of Marco; Miss Billy, her first really successful book; and Miss Billy's Decision. In 1913, Porter published Pollyanna, a sentimental tale of a most improbable heroine, a young girl whose "glad game" of always looking for and finding the bright side of things somehow reforms her antagonists, restores hope to the hopeless, and generally rights the wrongs of the world. The book's immediate and enormous popularity-in countless reprinted editions it eventually sold over a million copies-must be attributed to the American reading public's eagerness for reassurance that rural virtues and cheerful optimism still existed, as well as to Porter's skill in blending dashes of social conscience and ironic distance into the sentimentalism of her message. Pollyanna, which was second on the fiction bestseller list for 1914, was followed by Pollyanna Grows Up. It also was made into a Broadway play starring Helen Hayes and then into a motion picture starring Mary Pickford, and it inspired a veritable industry for related books and products. "Glad clubs" sprang up around the country and then abroad as Pollyanna was translated into several foreign languages. Eleanor Porter's other books include the bestsellers Just David, The Road to Understanding, Oh, Money! Money! Dawn, and Mary-Marie. Many of her more than 200 stories were collected in Across the Years, The Tie that Binds, and the posthumously published Money, Love and Kate, Little Pardner, and Just Mother. Porter died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1920. Coming soon...
Published July 1, 2004 by Digireads.com. 186 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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