The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Jill Lepore

Language: English

Pages: 464

ISBN: 0804173400

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Jill Lepore

Language: English

Pages: 464

ISBN: 0804173400

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history. 

In Jill Lepore’s riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman’s story provides 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. 

This edition includes a new afterword with fresh revelations based on never before seen letters and photographs from the Marston family’s papers.

With 161 illustrations and 16 pages in full color

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lived at 185 Hancock Street (p. 94). 11. Charles Homer Haskins, “History: One of a Series of Lectures Given to the Freshman Class in Harvard College,” Historical Outlook 16 (1925): 195–97. For a similar contemporary effort, see Allen Johnson, The Historian and Historical Evidence (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926, 1930). 12. WMM, Try Living, 3. 13. The chemical itself is not mentioned, but the men who find the body smell kernels—that is, nuts or almonds: “Right in the midst there lay

author has worked his way through college by selling scenarios. He claims that the prize play deals directly with the adventures of star football players who are now in college. He also declares that the play has been written so that the students of the institution will recognize the men at whom the thrusts are directed.” McCloskey was the Boston correspondent for the Moving Picture World, but it appears that he got his information from the story about Marston in the Boston Evening Record, rather

probably drive up to Boston and some of the beaches up there,” Marston wrote to Byrne (that is, he and Huntley and Pete were going to the Cape, to see Ethel Byrne). “Mom is taking Donn and OA up to Aunt Margaret’s” (that is, Olive Byrne was taking them to Margaret Sanger’s). WMM to BHRM, undated but summer 1942, in the possession of BHRM. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, “For Jupiter and Greece,” By Jupiter: A Musical Comedy (New York: DRG Records, 2007). 3. [WMM], “Noted Psychologist Revealed

mailing is still with the letter; Bender did not submit any nominations. 8. Bert Dale, “Funny Business,” Forbes, September 1, 1943, 22, 27. WMM estimated Wonder Woman’s readership in 1945 as two and a half million: WMM to Coulton Waugh, March 5, 1945. 9. On that type of distribution, see MCG to LB, March 14, 1944, Bender Papers, box 16, folder 2. As a promotional campaign, designed as much to defend comics as to promote them, “Wonder Women of History” has much in common with another effort of

was especially interested in “the homo-sexual relationships inevitable in prison life.” The results of these tests had suggested to Marston that there exist four primary emotions: dominance, compliance, inducement, and submission. At Tufts, he focused on what he called captivation, which he described as “an essential constituent of sadistic teasing or torturing of weaker human beings or animals.”11 Understanding his interest in captivation, Olive Byrne took her professor to Alpha Omicron Pi,

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