Girl Sleuth

Girl Sleuth

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. Eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties, and emerged as beloved by girls today as by their grandmothers. Rehak tells the behind-the-scenes history of Nancy and her groundbreaking creators. Both Nancy and her "author," Carolyn Keene, were invented by Edward Stratemeyer, who also created the Bobbsey Twins and the Hardy Boys. But Nancy Drew was 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 ran 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151010417
0151010412
Branch Call Number: 813.52 REH
Characteristics: xviii, 364 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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cerysd
Aug 11, 2017

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

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DeltaQueen50
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.

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historyquest
Sep 12, 2010

Well researched, an interesting read. Recommend.

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