Nancy Drew is a fictional character in various mystery fiction series.
She was created by Edward Stratemeyer and first appeared in 1930. The
books have been ghostwritten by a number of authors and are published
under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Over the decades the
character has evolved in response to changes in American culture and
tastes. In the 1980s a new series was created, The Nancy Drew Files,
which featured an older and more professional Nancy as well as romantic
plots. In 2004 the original Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, begun in
1930, was ended and a new series, Girl Detective, was launched.
Illustrations of the character have also evolved over time to reflect
the Nancy Drew type in contemporary terms. Through all these changes,
the character has proved continuously popular worldwide: at least
80 million copies of the books have been sold, and they have been
translated into more than 45 languages. A cultural icon, Nancy Drew has
been cited as a formative influence by a number of women. Feminist
literary critics have analyzed the character's enduring appeal, arguing
variously that Nancy Drew is a mythic hero, an expression of wish
fulfillment, or an embodiment of contradictory ideas about femininity.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Muslim conquest of Transoxiana: Turgesh tribes attacked the
exposed Umayyad baggage train, which had been sent ahead of the main
force, and captured it.
The Vulcan Street Plant, the first hydroelectric central
station to serve a system of private and commercial customers in North
America, went on line in Appleton, Wisconsin, US.
American film actor James Dean suffered fatal injuries in a
head-on car accident near Cholame, California.
Members of the 30 September Movement attempted a coup against
the Indonesian government, which was crushed by the military under
Suharto, leading to a mass anti-communist purge with over 500,000 people
killed over the following months.
The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published controversial
editorial cartoons depicting Muhammad, sparking protests across the
Muslim world by many who viewed them as Islamophobic and blasphemous.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (from the Latin word for skin, "cutis") To form skin, as, the wound area
was left to cutify.
2. (from "cute" + "-ify", perhaps modeled on "beautify") To
make cute, as,
she cutified her room.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being.