"Rediscovering Nancy Drew is a rich collection of literary memories and insightful cultural comments."--Journal of Children's ...
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"Rediscovering Nancy Drew is a rich collection of literary memories and insightful cultural comments."--Journal of Children's Literature

"Nancy, especially the Nancy of the original story, is our bright heroine, chasing down the shadows, conquering our worst fears, giving us a glimpse of our brave and better selves, proving to everybody exactly how admirable and wonderful a thing it is to be a girl. Thank you, Nancy Drew."--Nancy Pickard

"Nancy Drew belongs to a moment in feminist history; it is a moment, I suggest, that we celebrate, allowing ourselves the satisfaction of praising her for what she dared and forgiving her for what she failed to undertake or understand."--Carolyn G. Heilbrun

"Rediscovering Nancy Drew lights up the territory. It informs, delights, and acknowledges through love and scholarship a debt long overdue."--Dale H. Ross

In 1991, women staff and faculty at the University of Iowa discovered that the pseudonymous author of the original Nancy Drew books, Carolyn Keene, was none other than Mildred Wirt Benson, the first person to earn a master's degree in journalism at Iowa. The excitement caused by their discovery led to the 1993 Nancy Drew Conference, which explored the remarkable passion for Nancy Drew that spans a wide spectrum of American society. The result: a lively collaboration of essays by and interviews with mystery writers, collectors, publishers, librarians, scholars, journalists, and fans which presents a spirited, informative, totally enjoyable tribute to the driver of that blue roadster so many readers have coveted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587290565
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 297
  • Sales rank: 1,179,096
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

The Nancy Drew Phenomenon: Rediscovering Nancy Drew in Iowa 1
1 Nancy Drew: A Moment in Feminist History 11
2 From Paragraphs to Pages: The Writing and Development of Stratemeyer Syndicate Series 29
3 Publishing the Applewood Reprints 41
4 The History of the Stratemeyer Books: Questions and Answers 47
5 Searching for Carolyn Keene 52
6 Fulfilling a Quest for Adventure 59
7 Fashioning the New Nancy Drews 66
8 Assuming the Role: Writing the New Nancy Drews 73
9 The New Nancy Drew Series: Questions and Answers 79
10 "Reading" the Stories of Reading: Nancy Drew Testimonials 95
11 Children's Series Books and the Rhetoric of Guidance: A Historical Overview 113
12 Using Series as Bait in the Public Library 121
13 Series Books and Competing Mandates in the School Library 124
14 Nancy Drew and the Myth of White Supremacy 129
15 Fixing Nancy Drew: African American Strategies for Reading 136
16 Befriending Nancy Drew across Cultural Boundaries 140
17 An Interview with David Farah 152
18 Yellowback Library and the Collector 159
19 A Bibliographic Mystery: Missing Books, Missing Authors 163
20 The Case of the Missing Manuscripts: Doing Archival Research on Children's Series Authors 170
21 Mildred Wirt Benson Books and the Iowa Authors Collection 179
22 Sources for Research on Nancy Drew 181
23 Translating Nancy Drew from Print to Film 193
24 I Owe It All to Nancy Drew 208
25 Nancy and Carlotta: Lives Together, Worlds Apart 212
26 Adult Mystery Writers: Questions and Answers 215
27 Drawing on a Sleuth: The Case of the Nancy Drew Series 226
Nancy Drew Titles, 1930-1994 239
Books by Mildred Wirt Benson 247
Bibliography 253
Contributors 271
Index 275
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