The Secret History of Wonder Woman (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
432
Utgivningsdatum
2014-12-04
Upplaga
New ed
Förlag
Scribe Publications
Illustrationer
60
Dimensioner
245 x 172 x 42 mm
Vikt
914 g
ISBN
9781925106329
The Secret History of Wonder Woman (inbunden)

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 Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast a wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she 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 women's suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later. Advance praise for The Secret History of Wonder Woman 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman is as racy, as improbable, as awesomely righteous, and as filled with curious devices as an episode of the comic book itself. In the nexus of feminism and popular culture, Jill Lepore has found a revelatory chapter of American history. I will never look at Wonder Woman's bracelets the same way again.' Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home 'Jill Lepore's obsessively researched book on Wonder Woman, the four-colour embodiment of the women's rights movement, reveals that the life of the character's creator, Dr William Marston - inventor of the lie detector, charming crank, ardent feminist, and secret polygamist - was waaay more colourful than any comic-book superhero. Suffering Sappho!' Art Spiegelman, author of Maus 'An absolutely unputdownable book. The life history of polymath charlatan and/or genius (I couldn't ever decide) William Moulton Marston, who worked his way through law, movie scenarios, lie detection, menages a trois, free love, BDSM, and polygamy before creating the first feminist superperson had me saying 'wow' practically every other page. And that's not even mentioning the tough-as-nails women he exalted, lifted from, and, uh, shared, who make up the molten core of this newly revealed story. Rocketing from the suffragism of the 1910s to the ERA of the 1970s on a wave of homespun pop-culture righteousness, this story's head-spinning weirdness ultimately makes you question your own accomplishments, aims, and - almost like a great modern novel - your real motives.' Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan
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'Jill Lepore's obsessively researched book on Wonder Woman, the four-color embodiment of the women's rights movement, reveals that the life of the character's creator, Dr. William Marston-inventor of the lie detector, charming crank, ardent feminist and secret polygamist-was waaay more colorful than any comic book superhero. Suffering Sappho!' -- Art Spiegelman 'Hugely entertaining ... Lepore teases out [connections] between Wonder Woman, the early-20th-century women's movement, and Marston's fascinating life and odd psyche, in which the liberation of women somehow got all mixed up with bondage and spanking.' The Atlantic 'What Lepore does so well is to show how Wonder Woman's career mirrored the hopes, progress, and eventual disappointments of the American women's movement in the 20th century ... There's a new Wonder Woman movie coming in 2017. If Lepore's "secret history" has proved one thing, it's that at least so far each era has gotten the Wonder Woman it deserves.' -- Buzzy Jackson The Boston Globe 'An absolutely unputdownable book. The life history of polymath charlatan and/or genius (I couldn't ever decide) William Moulton Marston, who worked his way through law, movie scenarios, lie detection, menages a trois, free love, BDSM and polygamy before creating the first feminist super-person had me saying 'wow' practically every other page. And that's not even mentioning the tough-as-nails women he exalted, lifted from and, uh, shared who make up the molten core of this newly-revealed story. Rocketing from the suffragism of the 1910s to the ERA of the 1970s on a wave of home-spun pop culture righteousness, this story's head-spinning weirdness ultimately makes you question your own accomplishments, aims, and - almost like a great modern novel - your real motives.' -- Chris Ware 'I love writers (and, indeed superheroines) who balance muscularity with intellect, surface charisma with depth, passion with politics. Lepore's achievements are even more likely to pass into greatness and myth than Wonder Woman's, so when the two of them meet, as they do here in the pages of a book, it's a thrilling adventure.' -- Bidisha 'All superheroes have strange myths of origin, but the politically and erotically charged back-story of Wonder Woman outstrips any comic book. Jill Lepore unmasks the comic-strip heroine as the strange daughter of early 20th-century women's suffrage and the bondage-fixated imagination of William Moulton Marston, a hucksterish psychologist who invented the lie-detector test and lived in a covert threesome with his wife and girlfriend ... A startling and intelligent double biography.' -- James McConnachie Sunday Times 'More than a treat for comic fans, Lepore's superb book is for anyone interested in the social history of America.' -- Martin Gray Scotland on Sunday 'The book I read most eagerly and discussed most avidly in 2014 was The Secret History of Wonder Woman ... Lepore is among the most productive, intellectually invigorating and surprising cultural critics in the US' -- Elaine Showalter Times Literary Supplement 'Books of 2014' 'All credit to Jill Lepore for simultaneously rescuing Wonder Woman from indifference, establishing her as an expression of first-wave feminism and introducing her creator, who must be one of the more repellent individuals ever to call himself a feminist ... Terrific reading.' -- Catherine Bennett The Observer 'This book is several things at once: a history of Wonder Woman's creator, Marston; a reflection on the themes underpinning the comic; and an exploration of how it was influenced by the early women's suffrage and reproductive rights movements ... Where [The Secret History of Wonder Woman] shines is in laying bare how explicitly political the comic book was always intended to be.' -- Helen Lewis New Statesman 'In pursuit of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore has tackled archives, interviewed contemporaries and dug through court transcripts, college records, the literature of the

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Jill Lepore is a professor of American history at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her books include Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award; New York Burning, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Name of War, winner of the Bancroft Prize; and The Mansion of Happiness, which was short-listed for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.