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Rediscovering Nancy Drew
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. The Nancy Drew Phenomenon: Rediscovering Nancy Drew in Iowa
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. Nancy Drew: A Moment in Feminist History
  2. pp. 11-21
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  1. Part I. Creating and Publishing Nancy Drew
  2. pp. 23-87
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  1. 2. From Paragraphs to Pages: The Writing and Development of Stratemeyer Syndicate Series
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. 3. Publishing the Applewood Reprints
  2. pp. 41-46
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  1. 4. The History of the Stratemeyer Books: Questions and Answers
  2. pp. 47-51
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  1. 5. Searching for Carolyn Keene
  2. pp. 52-58
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  1. 6. Fulfilling a Quest for Adventure
  2. pp. 59-65
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  1. 7. Fashioning the New Nancy Drews
  2. pp. 66-72
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  1. 8. Assuming the Role: Writing the New Nancy Drews
  2. pp. 73-78
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  1. 9. The New Nancy Drew Series: Questions and Answers
  2. pp. 79-87
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  1. Part II. Reading Nancy Drew, Reading Stereotypes
  2. pp. 89-142
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  1. 10. "Reading" the Stories of Reading: Nancy Drew Testimonials
  2. pp. 95-112
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  1. 11. Children's Series Books and the Rhetoric of Guidance: A Historical Overview
  2. pp. 113-120
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  1. 12. Using Series as Bait in the Public Library
  2. pp. 121-123
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  1. 13. Series Books and Competing Mandates in the School Library
  2. pp. 124-128
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  1. 14. Nancy Drew and the Myth of White Supremacy
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. 15. Fixing Nancy Drew: African American Strategies for Reading
  2. pp. 136-139
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  1. 16. Befriending Nancy Drew across Cultural Boundaries
  2. pp. 140-142
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  1. Part III. Collecting and Studying Nancy Drew
  2. pp. 143-186
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  1. 17. An Interview with David Farah
  2. pp. 152-158
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  1. 18. Yellowback Library and the Collector
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. 19. A Bibliographic Mystery: Missing Books, Missing Authors
  2. pp. 163-169
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  1. 20. The Case of the Missing Manuscripts: Doing Archival Research on Children's Series Authors
  2. pp. 170-178
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  1. 21. Mildred Wirt Benson Books and the Iowa Authors Collection
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. 22. Sources for Research on Nancy Drew
  2. pp. 181-186
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  1. Part IV. Transforming Nancy Drew
  2. pp. 187-238
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  1. 23. Translating Nancy Drew from Print to Film
  2. pp. 193-207
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  1. 24. I Owe It All to Nancy Drew
  2. pp. 208-211
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  1. 25. Nancy and Carlotta: Lives Together, Worlds Apart
  2. pp. 212-214
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  1. 26. Adult Mystery Writers: Questions and Answers
  2. pp. 215-225
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  1. 27. Drawing on a Sleuth: The Case of the Nancy Drew Series
  2. pp. 226-238
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  1. Nancy Drew Titles, 1930- 1994
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. Books by Mildred Wirt Benson
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-269
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-281
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