Young Woman and the Sea

How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World

By Glenn Stout
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618858682, 352pp.)

Publication Date: July 1, 2009

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“Trudy Ederle, the first woman to successfully swim the English Channel in 1926, is the focus of this fascinating and readable book. Young Woman and the Sea is both inspirational and painlessly educational. Every young woman should read it to see where women were in society 100 years ago. Stout is an excellent storyteller.”
-- Nancy Fontaine, The Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, VT


Description

In 1926, before skirt lengths inched above the knee and before anyone was ready to accept that a woman could test herself physically, a plucky American teenager named Trudy Ederle captured the imagination of the world when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. It was, and still is, a feat more incredible and uncommon than scaling Mount Everest. Upon her return to the United States, "Trudy of America" became the most famous woman in the world. And just as quickly, she disappeared from the public eye. Set against the backdrop of the roaring 1920s, Young Woman and the Sea is the dramatic and inspiring story of Ederle’s pursuit of a goal no one believed possible, and the price she paid. The moment Trudy set foot on land, triumphant, she had shattered centuries of stereotypes and opened doors for generations of women to come. A truly magnetic and often misunderstood character whose story is largely forgotten, Trudy Ederle comes alive in these pages through Glenn Stout’s exhaustive new research.




About the Author

Glenn Stout is the author of all the Good Sports books. He was also the author of thirty-nine titles in the Matt Christopher Sports Biography and Legends in Sports series. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.Check out his website at www.goodsportsbyglennstout.com.  

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