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The Secret History of Wonder Woman - Jill Lepore
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
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A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origins of one the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from... show more
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origins of one the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth—he invented the lie detector test—lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman. The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history.Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385354042 (0385354045)
ASIN: 0385354045
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady rated it
3.5 The Secret History of Wonder Woman
The Secret History of Wonder Woman is an interesting read - it has great ideas about the history of American feminism, and why it's been grinding gears since the 1970s in many ways, but what it does do, and do well, is take a look at "First Wave" feminism, and at William Moulton Marston. And who w...
CAB
CAB rated it
If you are a fan of the Wonder Woman comic and want to get a brief idea of the creator then this might be an interesting although somewhat superficial read. Ultimately, this is really a short biography of William Marston and his feminist ideals. I was hoping for a more in depth understanding of t...
AmySea
AmySea rated it
4.0 The Secret History of Wonder Woman / written and narrated by Jill Lepore
The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a history of Wonder Woman, but it's so much more than that. It is a history of the social movements that birthed her, a biography of the people who created her, an analysis of the scientific, legal, business, and political realms which alternately tried to chain...
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment rated it
4.0 The Secret History of Wonder Woman
I didn't realize how many early to mid-20th century movements came together to a make Wonder Woman. Even with the unusual living arrangements of the creator, the mixing of photo-feminist and women's suffrage movements into a comic book was fascinating to watch. This biography focused more on the liv...
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