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Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who…

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her (2005)

by Melanie Rehak

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Before reading this, I knew some of the basics about how the Nancy Drew series came about from some book I had as a kid: how it was ghostwritten, one of the many series created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, etc. But this book was a much more complete history, and it's really a fascinating tale. Girl Sleuth was hard to put down, and a must-read for anyone who counts Nancy Drew among her (or his) childhood friends. ( )
  tygress | Jun 29, 2015 |
What a great tribute to an American icon, Nancy Drew. I grew up with Nancy Drew and loved each and every book I read about her. As a bookseller, I still recommend the books to customers. This book is a historical and biographical look at the start, growth and continuing love of the series. A must read for any fan of Nancy Drew. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Nov 15, 2014 |
Non fiction doesn't often catch my attention, but I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book in my middle school library and now collect the novels produced by the Syndicate. If you're interested in Nancy or her co-conspirators, I would definitely suggest this book. It reveals so much I didn't know about Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Bobbsey Twins (who I didn't realize we're associated with the other two!) and it's definitely a fascinating read, if a bit slow at times. ( )
1 vote AprilAnn0814 | Apr 15, 2014 |
This was a fun, breezy read, full of information about the Nancy Drew writing process (GASP! Carolyn Keene didn't exist!) and about the history of the time. ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
This was a fun, breezy read, full of information about the Nancy Drew writing process (GASP! Carolyn Keene didn't exist!) and about the history of the time. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
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In September of 1929 children's book mogul Edward Stratemeyer sent one of his inimitable typed memos to Grosset & Dunlap, his longtime publisher, describing a new line of books he hoped they would launch the following spring.
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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 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. Here, 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 this century-spanning story, Rehak traces their roles—and Nancy’s—in forging the modern American woman.

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An examination of the Nancy Drew stories and their influence on American girlhood since the 1930s explores mysteries related to the character's creators, and her role in shaping the modern.

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