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The Secret History of Wonder Woman Hardcover – 28 Oct 2014

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  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc (28 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385354045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385354042
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.9 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,594,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alison Bechdel, author of "Fun Home"""The Secret History of Wonder Woman" is as racy, as improbable, as awesomely righteous, and as filled with curious devices as an episode of the comic book itself. In the nexus of feminism and popular culture, Jill Lepore has found a revelatory chapter of American history. I will never look at Wonder Woman's bracelets the same way again." Art Spiegelman, author of "Maus""Jill Lepore's obsessively researched book on Wonder Woman, the four-color embodiment of the women's rights movement, reveals that the life of the character's creator, Dr. William Marston--inventor of the lie detector, charming crank, ardent feminist and secret polygamist--was waaay more colorful than any comic book superhero. Suffering Sappho!" Chris Ware, author of "Building Stories""An absolutely unputdownable book. The life history of polymath charlatan and/or genius (I couldn't ever decide) William Moulton Marston, who worked his way through law, movie scenarios, lie detection, menages a trois, free love, BDSM and polygamy before creating the first feminist super-person had me saying 'wow' practically every other page. And that's not even mentioning the tough-as-nails women he exalted, lifted from and, uh, shared who make up the molten core of this newly-revealed story. Rocketing from the suffragism of the 1910s to the ERA of the 1970s on a wave of home-spun pop culture righteousness, this story's head-spinning weirdness ultimately makes you question your own accomplishments, aims, and--almost like a great modern novel--your real motives." "Booklist "(*starred review*)"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." "Kirkus Reviews""It's an irresistible story, and the author tells it with relish and delight." "Flavorwire, " 25 Must-Read Books for the Fall"Wonder Woman, feminist hero, was the creation of a husband and wife who led, on the surface, average existences. Behind the mask, however, they had extraordinarily unconventional lives. It takes Harvard professor and "New Yorker" writer Lepore to dig into the complicated story behind the lasso (of truth), and forgive me for sounding like "Upworthy, " but it's true: what she uncovers will shock you. Let's just say that Wonder Woman's S&M subtext was there for a reason." Chris Ware, author of "Building Stories""An absolutely unputdownable book. The life history of polymath charlatan and/or genius (I couldn't ever decide) William Moulton Marston, who worked his way through law, movie scenarios, lie detection, menages a trois, free love, BDSM and polygamy before creating the first feminist super-person had me saying 'wow' practically every other page. And that's not even mentioning the tough-as-nails women he exalted, lifted from and, uh, shared who make up the molten core of this newly-revealed story. Rocketing from the suffragism of the 1910s to the ERA of the 1970s on a wave of home-spun pop culture righteousness, this story's head-spinning weirdness ultimately makes you question your own accomplishments, aims, and--almost like a great modern novel--your real motives." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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‘All superheroes have strange myths of origin, but the politically and erotically charged back-story of Wonder Woman outstrips any comic book. Jill Lepore unmasks the comic-strip heroine as the strange daughter of early 20th-century women’s suffrage and the bondage-fixated imagination of William Moulton Marston, a hucksterish psychologist who invented the lie-detector test and lived in a covert threesome with his wife and girlfriend … A startling and intelligent double biography.’

(James McConnachie Sunday Times)

‘The book I read most eagerly and discussed most avidly in 2014 was The Secret History of Wonder Woman ... Lepore is among the most productive, intellectually invigorating and surprising cultural critics in the US’

(Elaine Showalter Times Literary Supplement 'Books of 2014')

‘In pursuit of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore has tackled archives, interviewed contemporaries and dug through court transcripts, college records, the literature of the early 20th-century suffragism and the annals of Wonder Woman and her rivals. The result is a tour de force.’

(Helen DeWitt Literary Review)

'Jill Lepore’s obsessively researched book on Wonder Woman, the four-color embodiment of the women’s rights movement, reveals that the life of the character’s creator, Dr. William Marston ― inventor of the lie detector, charming crank, ardent feminist and secret polygamist ― was waaay more colorful than any comic book superhero. Suffering Sappho!'

(Art Spiegelman, author of Maus)

‘Hugely entertaining … Lepore teases out [connections] between Wonder Woman, the early-20th-century women’s movement, and Marston’s fascinating life and odd psyche, in which the liberation of women somehow got all mixed up with bondage and spanking.’

(The Atlantic)

'An absolutely unputdownable book. The life history of polymath charlatan and/or genius (I couldn’t ever decide) William Moulton Marston, who worked his way through law, movie scenarios, lie detection, ménages a trois, free love, BDSM and polygamy before creating the first feminist super-person had me saying "wow" practically every other page. And that’s not even mentioning the tough-as-nails women he exalted, lifted from and, uh, shared who make up the molten core of this newly-revealed story. Rocketing from the suffragism of the 1910s to the ERA of the 1970s on a wave of home-spun pop culture righteousness, this story’s head-spinning weirdness ultimately makes you question your own accomplishments, aims, and ― almost like a great modern novel ― your real motives.'

(Chris Ware, author of Building Stories and Jimmy Corrigan)

‘All credit to Jill Lepore for simultaneously rescuing Wonder Woman from indifference, establishing her as an expression of first-wave feminism and introducing her creator, who must be one of the more repellent individuals ever to call himself a feminist … Terrific reading.’

(Catherine Bennett The Observer)

'I love writers (and, indeed superheroines) who balance muscularity with intellect, surface charisma with depth, passion with politics. Lepore's achievements are even more likely to pass into greatness and myth than Wonder Woman's, so when the two of them meet, as they do here in the pages of a book, it's a thrilling adventure.'

(Bidisha)

‘Seamlessly combining rigorous scholarship and riveting readability, this richly rewarding book illuminates the histories of a problematic comics icon. A must-read.’

(Alex Summersby SFX Magazine)

‘More than a treat for comic fans, Lepore’s superb book is for anyone interested in the social history of America.’

(Martin Gray Scotland on Sunday) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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