At age 10, Rebecca is sent to the village of Riverboro to live with her two aunts, strict Aunt Miranda, and soft-hearted Aunt Jane, in order to learn to be responsible and a lady. In her long carriage trip from Sunnybrook Farm to Riverboro, Rebecca meets the good Mr. Cobb, the carriage-driver and soon become friends. As Rebecca begins the process of growing up in a new place, young and old friends help her to accept new responsibilities in this coming of age story.
Hugely popular when it was first published in 1903 and admired by authors from Jack London to Mark Twain, this delightful novel introduced a heroine as irrepressible and fun-loving as Tom Sawyer, who would serve as a role model for a century of American girls and women. When ten-year-old Rebecca Randall comes to live with flinty aunt Miranda and her sentimental sister Jane in a small town in Maine, they expect to turn her into a proper young lady. Instead, Rebecca will end up changing them. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
is as charming today as it was one hundred years ago and is unexpectedly poignant in its evocation of an America contemplating the choices open to women facing their futures in a new era.
* First time in Penguin Classics
* Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes
Kate Douglas Wiggin (18561923) was a teacher, lecturer, and editor, as well as a writer of novels and short stories for adults and children.
Shawn Thomson is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Kansas.
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