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
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2015.
  • American History Book Prize, 2014.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice 2014
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10358449
Cataloging source
RECBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lepore, Jill
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN6728.W6
LC item number
L48 2014eb
Literary form
unknown
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Marston, William Moulton
  • Wonder Woman (Fictitious character)
  • Superheroes in literature
  • Feminism
  • Women's rights
Target audience
adult
Label
The secret history of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=2030934
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Veritas -- Family circle -- Paradise island -- Great Hera! I'm back! -- Sources and acknowledgments -- Comics index
Control code
ocn883341576
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 410 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781322230139
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits.
Publisher number
EB00347312
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9FF51154-BEAD-49A3-A299-9D47A8587A84
System control number
(OCoLC)883341576
Label
The secret history of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=2030934
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Veritas -- Family circle -- Paradise island -- Great Hera! I'm back! -- Sources and acknowledgments -- Comics index
Control code
ocn883341576
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 410 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781322230139
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits.
Publisher number
EB00347312
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9FF51154-BEAD-49A3-A299-9D47A8587A84
System control number
(OCoLC)883341576

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