Publisher description for Girl sleuth : Nancy Drew and the women who created her / Melanie Rehak.


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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.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Wirt, Mildred A. -- (Mildred Augustine), -- 1905- -- Characters -- Nancy Drew.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Young adult fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer -- Characters -- Nancy Drew.
Young adult fiction -- Publishing -- United States.
Girls -- Books and reading -- United States.
Keene, Carolyn -- Characters -- Nancy Drew.
Drew, Nancy (Fictitious character)
Teenage girls in literature.
Stratemeyer Syndicate.