The secret history of Wonder Woman

by Lepore, Jill, 1966-

Format: Print Book 2014.
Availability: Available at 21 Libraries 21 of 25 copies
Available (21)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Nonfiction 741.5973 Lepore
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  741.5973 Lepore
 
 
CLP - Brookline Non-Fiction Collection PN6728.W6 L48 2014
Location  CLP - Brookline
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PN6728.W6 L48 2014
 
 
CLP - Downtown and Business First Floor - Non-Fiction Collection PN6728.W6 L48 2014
Location  CLP - Downtown and Business
 
Collection  First Floor - Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PN6728.W6 L48 2014
 
 
CLP - Lawrenceville Non-Fiction Collection PN6728.W6 L48 2014
Location  CLP - Lawrenceville
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PN6728.W6 L48 2014
 
 
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN6728.W6 L48 2014
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PN6728.W6 L48 2014
 
 
CLP - Mt. Washington Non-Fiction Collection PN6728.W6 L48 2014
Location  CLP - Mt. Washington
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PN6728.W6 L48 2014
 
 
CLP - South Side Non-Fiction Collection PN6728.W6 L48 2014
Location  CLP - South Side
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PN6728.W6 L48 2014
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Non-Fiction Collection PN6728.W6 L48 2014
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PN6728.W6 L48 2014
 
 
Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 741.5 Lepore
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
Call Number  741.5 Lepore
 
 
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Non-Fiction 741.5 LEP
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  741.5 LEP
 
 
Coraopolis Memorial Library Non-Fiction 741.59 LEP
Location  Coraopolis Memorial Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  741.59 LEP
 
 
Dormont Public Library Non-Fiction 741.59 L55
Location  Dormont Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  741.59 L55
 
 
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 750.5 LEPORE
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Non-fiction
 
Call Number  750.5 LEPORE
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Non-Fiction 741.5 LEPORE
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  741.5 LEPORE
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels HEROES WONDER WOMAN LEPORE Jill
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
Call Number  HEROES WONDER WOMAN LEPORE Jill
 
 
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 741.5973 L55
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  741.5973 L55
 
 
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 741.59 LEP
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  741.59 LEP
 
 
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 741.59 L59
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  741.59 L59
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 741.59 L
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  741.59 L
 
 
Upper St. Clair Township Library Non-fiction 305.4209 LEP
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
 
Collection  Non-fiction
 
Call Number  305.4209 LEP
 
 
Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 741.5 LEP 2014
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  741.5 LEP 2014
 
 
 
Unavailable (4)
Location Collection Status
CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection CHECKED OUT
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection CHECKED OUT
Location  CLP - East Liberty
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction CHECKED OUT
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
South Park Library Graphic Novels IN TRANSIT
Location  South Park Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
Status  IN TRANSIT
 
 
Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In her latest compelling book of historical sleuthing and resurrection, Lepore (Book of Ages, 2013) chronicles the creation and assesses the impact of Wonder Woman, the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. The tiara-wearing amazon burst forth in 1941, the brainchild of Charles Moulton (pen name of William Moulton Marston), a controversial, Harvard-educated polymath and huckster who invented the lie-detector test and lived a life of deception. The first historian granted access to Marston's private papers, Lepore tells a true tale nearly as outlandish as the plots Marston concocted for Wonder Woman. While Marston's schemes led to precedent-setting court cases, he was living a daringly unconventional life with his wife, the diligent attorney Sadie Elizabeth Holloway; his student-turned-lover, Olive Byrne, niece of the great birth-control advocate, Margaret Sanger; and the children he had with each. Lepore thoroughly covers their colorful lives and every aspect of Wonder Woman's persona and adventures, including Marston's penchant for depicting the superhero bound in chains, then breaking triumphantly free. Evidence of a fascination with bondage or a visual metaphor for overcoming the oppression of sexism? Lepore restores Wonder Woman to her rightful place as an essential women's rights icon in this dynamically researched and interpreted, spectacularly illustrated, downright astounding work of discovery that injects new zest into the history of feminism. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Vigorous promotion and a cross-country author tour will spread word of intellectual wonder woman Lepore's exciting portrait of a superhero.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Marston, William Moulton, -- 1893-1947.
Wonder Woman -- (Fictitious character)
Superheroes -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Feminism -- United States -- History.
Women's rights -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York :2014.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xiv, 410 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 317-389) and index.
ISBN 9780385354042
0385354045
Other Classic View