Girl Sleuth

Girl Sleuth

Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Book - 2005
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Aplucky "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 women's 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. Now, in a narrative with all the vivid energy and page-turning pace of Nancy's 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 children's 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 a century-spanning story Rehak traces their roles-and Nancy's-in forging the modern American woman. With ebullience, wit, and a wealth of little-known source material, Rehak celebrates our unstoppable girl detective.

Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt : 2005
ISBN: 9780151010417
Branch Call Number: 813 W745r
Characteristics: 364p illus


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Apr 10, 2021

About the creation of the character, it was initially written to spec based upon outlines sent out. The creator died so his daughter took it over. This shares the many years and changes along the way. B/W images.

Aug 11, 2017

the story of the creation of the early Nancy Drew books; clearly written, with sympathy for all parties involved. Highly recommended.

Oct 05, 2012

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her is extensively researched, entertainingly written and her take on this amazingly long-lived franchise is definitely attention holding. I admit that although I was more of a Trixie Belden fan, I read more than my fair share of Nancy Drew books in my youth, and this look at her development over the years is well worth investigating.

Sep 12, 2010

Well researched, an interesting read. Recommend.

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