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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date October 28, 2014
Pages 410
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385354042
ISBN-10 0385354045
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.75 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.85 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $29.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of 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 and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has 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 the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385354042
 
from Gardners Books (December 1, 2014)
9781922247889 | details & prices | 448 pages | List price $33.85
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 28, 2014)
9780385354042 | details & prices | 410 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $29.95
About: A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminismWonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780804173407
 
from Vintage Books (July 7, 2015)
9780804173407 | details & prices | 436 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of Wonder Woman, one of the world’s most iconic superheroes, hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminismHarvard 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.
With Florence Hurd | from Ballantine Books (November 1, 1986); titled "China Silk"
9780345319791 | details & prices | List price $3.95
This edition also contains China Silk
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