Nancy Drew – A Generation’s Role Model

Did you grow up on the Nancy Drew mysteries by “Carolyn Keene”? Although we all know now that the books in the series were written by a number of authors, how much do you know about Mildred Wirt Benson, the woman who wrote the first books? Before I link to a fascinating article by Jennifer Fisher, just a reminder that you can order The Secret of the Old Clock, the first in the series, and the other mysteries, through the Web Store.

Secret of the Old Clock

Jennifer Fisher, president of the Nancy Drew fan club, The Nancy Drew Sleuths, recently wrote an essay for Zocalo Public Square, called “The Real Life Adventuress Who Turned Nancy Drew into a Modern Heroine”. It’s part of the series, “What It Means to be an American”, a national conversation hosted by the Smithsonian and Arizona State University. Here’s the story of Mildred Wirt Benson.