85 years of Nancy Drew detective stories: solving the mystery of the teen sleuth’s timeless appeal – part 1

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

The name, Nancy Drew along with the name of her pseudo author, Carolyn Keene, has been popping up in media a lot this year since 2015 marks the 85th anniversary of the fictitious teen detective. So how do you solve the mystery of why the private eye has been around so long?

The Mary Sue, quoting Scholars Janice Radway and Nan Enstad, credited the series with providing “girls a “place to dream.” If that is, indeed, the case, Nancy Drew inspired dreamers could not boast a more impressive marquis. According to a recent MTV News article, the teen sleuth is credited for inspiring “Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Barbra Streisand, Hillary Clinton, and three Supreme Court Justices: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor.” Those women grew up when women’s options were decidedly more limited, however. What about now?

Nancy Drew’s frequent BuzzFeed appearances —in articles titled 15 Modern Mysteries Only Nancy Drew Could Solve, If Nancy Drew Had Instagram and the Which Nancy Drew Era Are You Quiz – could not be a stronger testament to the intrepid private detective’s — More—

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