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Abstract

Nancy Drew was and is the ideal young woman; smart, independent, fearless, thin, wealthy, athletic and invincible. She would be a new kind of female character-independent, exciting, and in charge of her own destiny. Nancy Drew acted on her own and survived to tell about it. She changed forever the way girls looked at themselves and their abilities. No longer would female characters have to sit on the sidelines and wait for the man to rescue them, Nancy rescued herself. This study looks at the evolution of Nancy Drew and the people who created her from 1930 to the present. This is the story of the development and re-invention of a set of detective stories which have never been out of print between 1920 and 2013. Just who was this Nancy Drew?