PRAISE FOR GIRL SLEUTH An absorbing and delightful book The Wall Street Journal Girl Sleuth is an enjoyable, thorough piece of detective work It would earn a nod of approval from Nancy Drew herself The Plain Dealer ClevelandA plucky titian haired sleuth solved her first mystery inEighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties when she was taken up with a vengeance by womens 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 Nancys 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 childrens 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 rolesand Nancysin forging the modern American woman


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