Nancy Drew could be an annoying, preppy Little Miss Perfect, but there's no question she is an enormously popular fictional heroine. Countless number of girls grew up reading these mysteries. I still remember this cover of the classic, The Secret of the Old Clock.
This summer, Warner Brothers will be releasing a movie about the girlish sleuth, and introducing her to a new generation. Emma Roberts, Julia's teen-aged niece, has been cast as Nancy.
In 1999, Salon interviewed Mildred Wirt Benson (who played the first "Carolyn Keene"). She was asked if Miss Drew was a feminist. Mildred's intriguing answer is here.
Photo of author Mildred Wirt Benson who passed away in 2002.