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978-0-15-603056-4 / 015603056X

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

by Rehak, Melanie

Publisher:Mariner Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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A plucky “titian-haired sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930. Eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance by womens libbers) to enter the pantheon of American girlhood. As beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers, Nancy Drew has both inspired and reflected the changes in her readers lives. Here, in a narrative with all the vivid energy and page-turning pace of Nancys adventures, Melanie Rehak solves an enduring literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew? And how did she go from pulp heroine to icon?  The brainchild of childrens book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy was brought to life by two women: Mildred Wirt Benson, a pioneering journalist from Iowa, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a well-bred wife and mother who took over as CEO after her father died. In this century-spanning story, Rehak traces their roles—and Nancys—in forging the modern American woman.

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