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New York City - Part 2 / Features Print Edition

from a review of Girl Sleuth by Melanie Rehak:

Melanie Rehak's "Girl Sleuth" takes a long look at women's positions in 20th century American public life through the biographies of three women, two real and one imaginary. The most famous is the fictional Nancy Drew, the teenage heroine of dozens of mysteries for children from 1930 to today. Nancy sleuthed her way with pluck, politesse and persistence through the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, the war between the sexes and the age of irony, as economic and social upheavals hurried her sister Americans back and forth from home to workplace. The other two protagonists of "Girl Sleuth" are Nancy's main creators: Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a housewife-turned-CEO, and journalist Mildred Wirt Benson, who between them wrote all but three of the Nancy Drew books under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene...

See also this article from the Boston Globe...

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