Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
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In 1930 a plucky girl detective stepped out of her shiny
blue roadster, dressed in a smart tweed suit, ready to
restore a stolen inheritance to its rightful owner. Tied up
by the villains, she managed to free herself and bring them
to justice - all while wearing a pencil skirt and high
heels. 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), and emerged
as beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers.
Now, in a narrative with all the fast-paced thrill of one
of Nancy's adventures, Melanie Rehak solves a page-turning
literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew? And how did she
go from pulp heroine to American icon?
With ebullience, wit, and a wealth of little-known source
material, Rehak weaves a behind-the-scenes history of Nancy
and her groundbreaking creators. Taking us from The Secret
of the Old Clock to The Secret of the Spa, Rehak tells all
about our fearless sleuth - including the fact that both
Nancy and her "author," Carolyn Keene, were invented by
Edward Stratemeyer, a dime-novel genius who also created
the Bobbsey Twins and the Hardy Boys. But Nancy Drew was
actually brought to life by two remarkable women: original
author Mildred Wirt Benson, a convention-flouting
Midwestern journalist, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a
wife and mother who transformed herself into a CEO to run
her father's company after he died. Together, Benson and
Adams created a character that has inspired generations of
girls to be as strong-willed and as bold as they were.
Melanie Rehak will send you back to your old Nancy Drews --
but thanks to GIRL SLEUTH you'll never read them the same
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