Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
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.
Praise For Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her…
"[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 (Cleveland)
"Rehak chronicles a character who influenced at least two generations of women in a highly readable, exhaustive book."
— Boston Phoenix
— Atlantic Monthly
— Chicago Tribune
— Cleveland Plain Dealer
— Entertainment Weekly
— Jean Strouse, author of Morgan
— Los Angeles Times
— Publishers Weekly
— Seattle Times
— Wall Street Journal
Mariner Books, 9780156030564, 384pp.
Publication Date: September 5, 2006
About the Author
Melanie Rehak is a poet and critic. A recipient of the New York Public Library's Tukman Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she writes for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Vogue, and the Nation, among others. She lives in Brooklyn.