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Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism

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“Ware writes that she wanted to ‘rescue Amelia from the cult of her disappearance,’ to replace an impossibly romanticized, martyred enigma with a useful piece of history. Grown-up women of today, aviators, and others, should find this Earhart a more plausible and heartening forerunner.” —Amy E. Schwartz, Air & SpaceStill Missing is a fascinating biography of one of the most intriguing women of modern history. In it, Susan Ware recovers the parts of Earhart's life that have been obscured by the emphasis on her disappearance. Setting her in her ...

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Overview

“Ware writes that she wanted to ‘rescue Amelia from the cult of her disappearance,’ to replace an impossibly romanticized, martyred enigma with a useful piece of history. Grown-up women of today, aviators, and others, should find this Earhart a more plausible and heartening forerunner.” —Amy E. Schwartz, Air & SpaceStill Missing is a fascinating biography of one of the most intriguing women of modern history. In it, Susan Ware recovers the parts of Earhart's life that have been obscured by the emphasis on her disappearance. Setting her in her place and times, Ware speaks of the woman who set aviation records, who endlessly promoted the ability of women to enter any and all professions, who served as a dynamic role model because of her charm and spirit. Ware's portrait of Earhart is of a woman we all need to rediscover.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Basing her analysis of early 20th-century feminism on aviator Amelia Earhart, Ware's interesting, innovative portrait initially becomes mired in biographical information. After building a historical framework, however, the author moves efficiently between Earhart's activities and the achievements of such other individualistic heroines as Eleanor Roosevelt. Earhart is presented as a courageous, poised figure as Ware ( Beyond Suffrage ) examines her membership in women's organizations, including a group of women pilots called the Ninety Nines, and explores public reaction to her record-breaking flights. While acknowledging that Earhart's then-unconventional balance of career and marriage (to publisher G. P. Putnam) was eased by having household staff, Ware nonetheless praises her as a champion of new roles for women. That Earhart is remembered primarily for her disappearance at age 39 on a 1937 round-the-world flight is indicative of American culture's inattention to female accomplishments then and now, argues Ware: ``The intent here is to rescue Amelia from the clutches of the cult of her disappearance and refocus on her life itself, especially its sense of . . . endless possibility where women are concerned.'' Photos. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Ware ( Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal , LJ 8/81, among others) has written a biography of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. While the facts of Earhart's life have been told both by herself and numerous others, this book's unique approach emphasizes their significant impact on women's history. This is a scholarly portrait of a person who was not only America's best-known woman aviator but also a nurse, settlement worker, author, lecturer, and even clothing designer--a woman whose life and ideas epitomized liberal feminism before the philosophy was fully articulated. Recommended for women's studies collections.-- Florence Scar inci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393312553
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,017,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ware lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She is the author of Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism (Norton) and editor of Notable American Women, Vol. 5.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 11
Prologue: "Lady Lindy" 15
Ch. 1 A Modern Woman Makes History 29
Ch. 2 Gender and Aviation 60
Ch. 3 It's Hard Work Being a Popular Heroine 90
Ch. 4 Feminism and Individualism 117
Ch. 5 Iconography and Representation 144
Ch. 6 Popular Heroines / Popular Culture 175
Ch. 7 The Last Flight 203
Epilogue: Where Did They All Go? 233
Notes 239
Credits 287
Index 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Wonderful

    Susan Ware has taken a fresh approach to biography and has managed to say something important about a well-known American woman and what her life meant to the development of feminism in the United States. It makes for fascinating reading for anyone interested in women and women's issues.

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