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December 10th, 2005

Girl Sleuth

I'm reading a great book right now - GIRL SLEUTH, by Melanie Rehak. (Mark got it for me as a "congratulations" gift when I turned in the WITCHCRAFT manuscript.)

It's a history of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which created Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and dozens of other series for young readers, starting in the 1930s. (The books were true works-made-for-hire - the Syndicate sent outlines to its ghost writers, collected their manuscripts, and edited the books into final form.) It's also a biography of the three main women who were involved with the Nancy Drew series - Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Mildred Wirt.

Most interestingly, though, GIRL SLEUTH is a sort of intellectual history of 20th century feminism, tracing the growth of women's power in the professional world, from abolition and the temperance movement, through the right to vote, to WW II and beyond.

I am learning - and loving - this education!

Mindy, who was an avid Nancy Drew fan for many years...

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