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Bab: a Sub-Deb

Mary Roberts Rinehart

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ones, dragged down with you.

Oh, what a tangeled Web we wieve, When first we practice to decieve. Sir Walter Scott.


WE have been requested to write, during this vacation, a true and varacious account of a meeting with any Celebrity we happened to meet during the summer. If no Celebrity, any interesting character would do, excepting one's own Familey.

But as one's own Familey is neither celebrated nor interesting, there is no temptation to write about it.

As I met Mr. Reginald Beecher this summer, I have chosen him as my Subject.

Brief history of the Subject: He was born in 1890 at Woodbury, N. J. Attended public and High Schools, and in 1910 graduated from Princeton University.

Following year produced first Play in New York, called Her Soul. Followed this by the Soul Mate, and this by The Divorce.

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It's awfully tempting to compare Mary Roberts Rinehart's hilarious Bab: A Sub-Deb with the Anita Loos novel that followed in its footsteps in 1926: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Diary of a Professional Lady. Both books feature wildly unreliable narrators whose spelling, to be generous, could make a

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it. The book is written in a series of themed papers or diary entries, written by Bab, a 17 year old during 1917.

Bab is a spoiled, sheltered but neglected second daughter from a well off family. She is constantly writing about how she got into tro

Jane Austen meets Lucille Ball. Bab: A Sub-Deb is one of the few popular novels from the 1910s that is still in print today. Bab, a 17 year-old girl in a hurry to grow up, invents a lover so her family will take her more seriously. The fun begins when her make-believe lover actually materializes. It

This was delightful and hilarious!

This story was one of Rinehart's earlier works. The main character Bab, tells of her adventures through her diary and "magazine articles". One thing to know about Bab is that she is a terrible speller and it shows in her writing.

I enjoyed reading all of Bab's hi-jinks. But the end of the story got a

"Charming" isn't usually a descriptor that attracts me to a book, so it's a good thing I chose this for other reasons. My lost film research turned me onto a series of now-lost films from 1917 starring Marguerite Clarke and based on this novel.

Bab is a clever teen—though not nearly as clever as she

Part of this book were very entertaining but after a long break from it I decided not to continue. There is a little bit of language in the later part of the books, Bab was fun at some points annoying at others. the spelling errors got to me in this book. It is supposed to be that way, as you are re

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