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Why We Still Love Nancy Drew
Nancy's age jumped from 16 to 18 in , and she morphed from a feisty gumshoe into a demure debutante who deferred to police and drove only "as fast as the law allowed. The girl detective didn't fully regain her spunk until the '80s. Book values fell during the '60s as dust jackets gave way to hardcover illustrations and the now-familiar yellow spines. The s saw a licensing bonanza with Nancy Drew lunch boxes, a TV show—and this cookbook we found on eBay , which features a recipe for Sleuth Soup a dubious mix of tomato juice, whipping cream, and beef broth. Published in , The Crooked Banister reflects America's then-fascination with futuristic science fiction via a robot on the cover.
Fans, Collectors, and Scholars
It has been 77 years since Nancy Drew, the sleuth from River Heights, began solving mysteries and 69 years since she last graced the silver screen, although there have several TV series dedicated to her in the s and s. While Nancy Drew books continue to be immensely popular with collectors, the movie, set to be released on June 15, is sure to ensure yet another surge in interest in the teenage heroine. Nancy Drew was created by Edward Stratemeyer in as a female-orientated follow-up to his Hardy Boys series. He developed an assembly line format with ghost authors writing according to a strict formula. Carolyn Keene is listed as the author but is a pseudonym.
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