The Resource The secret history of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore

The secret history of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore

Label
The secret history of Wonder Woman
Title
The secret history of Wonder Woman
Statement of responsibility
Jill Lepore
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation.
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
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Lepore, Jill
Dewey number
741.5973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Marston, William Moulton
  • Feminism in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Wonder Woman (Fictitious character)
  • Women superheroes
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Women's rights
  • Feminism
Summary expansion
A riveting work that reveals the origin of one of American popular culture's most iconic figures--a story that hides within it not only a fascinating family saga but a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism. From the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages. 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. In the more than seven decades since she first appeared, her comic books have never been out of print.In years of interviews and archival research, 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. Lepore has discovered that, from Marston's days as a Harvard undergraduate, he was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with the British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife brought into their home, as Marston's mistress, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. The Marston family story--a house of one man, three women, and four children--is a story of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Sanger's niece together wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they pursued a life of extraordinary nonconformity. No less fascinating is Marston's role as the inventor of the lie detector. Internationally known as an expert on truth, he lived a life of secrets--only to spill them on the pages of the Wonder Woman comics he began writing in 1941. The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history, explaining not only the mysterious origins of the world's most famous female superhero, but solving some of the most vexing puzzles in the American past. 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
Label
The secret history of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 410 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781925106329
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781925106329
  • 19604547
Label
The secret history of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 410 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781925106329
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781925106329
  • 19604547

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