Famous Friday: Nancy Drew February , 2011

Name: Nancy Drew
Type of Detective: Amateur Detective
First Appeared: 1930
Memorable Phrase: “I wonder…”

Last week in Famous Friday we re-visited the escapades and adventures of The Hardy Boys, created by Edward Stratemeyer in 1926. It was a few years later, following the huge success of the original series, that Stratemeyer decided to launch a similar collection of books for girls centered around amateur detective and fictional heroine Nancy Drew.

Nancy Drew was an 18 year old girl from River Heights, another fictional middle-American small town. Many of her adventures and investigations took place here, but she, like the boys, was also an avid traveler and often found herself transported to various locales around the world. She was extremely popular – very wealthy, attractive and amazingly talented. Her dedication to unsolved mysteries was often assisted by best friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne, and occasionally by her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson.

Nancy’s look has been updated in various illustrations throughout the decades, and her stories have been revisited and re-published hundreds of times. She remains a cultural and literary icon as well as a strong embodiment of the feminine spirit and inspiration for amateur detectives worldwide. Seven feature films, including one made for TV movie, and two television series have been produced featuring Nancy.

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