The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman By Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character s creation and enduring popularity drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven deca
  • Title: The Secret History of Wonder Woman
  • Author: Jill Lepore
  • ISBN: 9780385354042
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman By Jill Lepore, A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character s creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven decade story.Examines the life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with wife Elizabeth Holloway and mistress Olive Byrne, both of whomA cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character s creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven decade story.Examines the life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with wife Elizabeth Holloway and mistress Olive Byrne, both of whom inspired and influenced the comic book character s creation and development Abstract from WorldCat
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    1. Jill Lepore

      Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper 41 Professor of American History, Harvard College Professor, and chair of Harvard s History and Literature Program She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker Winner of the Anisfield Wolf Award for the best non fiction book on race, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize The Name of War Knopf, 1998 , winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, and the Berkshire Prize and a finalist for the J Anthony Lukas Award A co founder of the magazine Common place, Lepore s essays and reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, American Scholar, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, the Journal of American History and American Quarterly Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Charles Warren Center, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation She has served as a consultant for the National Park Service and currently serves on the boards of the National Portrait Gallery and the Society of American Historians.Jill lives in Cambridge,Massachusetts.

    225 thoughts on “The Secret History of Wonder Woman”

    1. If you are looking for a quick book that primarily focuses on Wonder Woman as the cover and title would expect you to encounter and an analysis of her origin story, look elsewhere I just read Ron Rege s alt comic form version of her origin story, Diana, which I suggest you check out if you have any interest in WW origins, but Lepore s book isn t about that, really or, it IS about Wonder Woman s origins and abiding place in the history of feminism extending from the suffragette and early birth co [...]


    2. Jill Lepore is a bit of a wonder woman herself, certainly a wonder of a historian She uncovers, unclothes, and satisfactorily binds with ropes and chains the better to dispose of it the myth that Wonder Woman was a feature of woman s liberation rather than one of male dominance Sadly, the scantily clad Wonder Woman was modeled on the real life live in girlfriend of the psychologist who created her, and who himself exhibited the dominant male model all too well Lepore not only gives us the backgr [...]


    3. The bizarre history behind the creation of Wonder Woman is weird even for the world of superheroes.Jill Lepore who is amazing in her own right in that she s a history professor at Harvard and she writes for The New Yorker gives us the story of William Moulton Marston, an American psychologist and the man who invented the lie detector test After trying and failing in several careers, in 1941 he turned to the burgeoning field of comic books, and created Wonder Woman with the help of his wife and h [...]


    4. Lepore convincingly makes Wonder Woman the connective tissue between the suffragists and the women s movement, but the story behind her genesis is just fricken amazing and almost unbelievable William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman s creator and a man Glen Weldon accurately describes as decidedly skeevy, was, A, a man, B, married to one woman, sleeping with two others and living happily with all three, C, was fascinated by bondage and tied, chained, fettered and imprisoned WW, the first female sup [...]


    5. God, I wanted to like this So Much Excruciating Detail At first I found the detail interesting, but it wore thin when I found myself 20 percent of the way through the book with no comic book creation in sight I gave up soon after.


    6. There s no doubt Lepore has done a stellar job of researching this material a good example comes in the footnotes where she reveals how a murder trial William Moulton Marston Wonder Woman s creator testified as an expert at had been covered by no less than three different historical overviews, and nobody had realized the attorneys on the case were students of Marston Lepore digs deep into the historial trends of the time particularly the suffrage and birth control movements of the early 20th Cen [...]


    7. A fascinating account of William Moulton Marston, the man who created Wonder Woman, and the many women especially his wife, Elizabeth Holloway, and his partner, Olive Byrne who contributed to Marston s odd blend of psychosexual feminism I m a historian by training and a comics fan by chance, so combine the two and I m happy as a clam Megan Cavittfrom The Best Books We Read In November 2016 bookriot 2016 12 01 the be ____________________If you want a non fiction read that s weird and wonderful an [...]


    8. The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a terrific expos The book is a well researched biography of the quirky man who invented the Wonder Woman comic strip and character He successfully hid an unusual hive home life while in plain sight as a minor celebrity The world knew him as a psychologist and a somewhat nutty university professor, William Moulton Marston 1893 1947 He was known as well as the inventor of the lie detector However, since he was a Harvard man, people did not particularly notice [...]


    9. What does Wonder Woman, the superhero who first appeared in 1941, have to do with polyamory, pessaries, and the polygraph As Jill Lepore reports in her fascinating new work of nonfiction, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, everything Here are some of the book s most fascinating revelations 1 Psychologist and storyteller William Moulton Marston invented the first lie detector test while an undergraduate at Harvard He then created Wonder Woman, whose magic lasso could force men to tell the truth, [...]


    10. Actual rating 3.5 stars.This is a fascinating read about the creator of Wonder Woman, who was one exceptionally odd man He seems to have genuinely believed that women would rule the world, but his own home was far from a matriarchy he had one wife to work twelve hours a day in New York City, supporting the family, and another one both Margaret Sanger s niece, and a former student to raise the four children the two women managed to produce with him in the 1930s when she was not writing puff piece [...]


    11. A great history that s entertaining and credible on four fronts 1 as a history of feminism which shows how Margaret Sanger s crusades as an advocate of birth control are inextricably tied with the origins of Wonder Woman.2 as a biography of polymath William Moulton Marston, psychologist and lawyer, who invented the first systolic blood pressure lie detector test and tried unsuccessfully to push it into the forefront of American law Who also created and scripted Wonder Woman.3 as an essential tex [...]


    12. Wonder Woman currently continues to break box office records, and it should it s an amazingly entertaining film that manages to reinvigorate the failing DC studios as well as put an end to the ridiculously sexist belief that superhero movies are for boys only I read and reviewed this book in December 2014 It s a fascinating account of the true origins of Wonder Woman and a biography of WW s creator, William Marston The movie does an excellent job of capturing the feminist ideology that Marston l [...]


    13. I ve been wanting to read this book at least since 2014 when a couple GR friends pointed me in the direction of this New Yorker article Wonder Woman She s bad ass I wanted to know her secret history I expected this secret history to involve feminism because that s a pretty big deal these days, rightly so, and Wonder Woman was this character that broke a lot of barriers because she was a bad ass female character when all the other comic book characters of the day were male There is a history ther [...]


    14. Extraordinarily well researched, Harvard history professor Jill Lepore profiles the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston WMM was a Harvard trained psychologist he developed one of the first polygraphs, but could never keep employed, and relied on the income of his well educated wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway WMM led a most unconventional life, fathering two children with Holloway and two with a younger paramour, Olive Richard Byrne niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the 20th century s [...]


    15. What I like about Wonder Woman is that the character opened the door for female readers to enjoy comics and graphic novels as openly as guys do without ridicule Wonder Woman was never about pushing men away from comics, but about making them equal for everyone The history of this iconic and brave character is as interesting as the fictional stories revolving around her Artistic, powerful and intriguing, The Secret History of Wonder Woman is undoubtedly an impressive and worthwhile book.


    16. This is a feminist woman s lib history, than it is a book about Wonder Woman, and that is completely fine with me Planned Parenthood, The Lie Detector Test, Feminism, Bondage, and Polygamy all play a part in this well written, heavily researched book I went into it with very low opinions of Wonder Woman, and finished it feeling nostalgic for a comic I have never even read is that even possible My only complaint was that there were so many characters it was hard to follow who was who, and how ev [...]


    17. Jill Lepore s recent essays have taken offbeat topics often related to popular culture and used them to explore deeper themes in American history Here, she builds a similar approach into a longer narrative, tracing a hidden path from the ideology and popular culture of the suffragists to the pop culture icon that influenced a slew of first wave feminists the superhero Wonder Woman That path consisted of the household of William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth Holloway, and his mistress Olive [...]


    18. I only got to 19% Chapter 13 Too much detail which I enjoyed at first, but now it distracts from the story , boring as shit, not even CLOSE to talking about Wonder Woman or the comic at almost 20% , and it seems the writer has ADD or something switches story suddenly, a bit confusing and frustrating.I can t force myself to read books any Ugh.Also, I put the book down for a week because it was so mind numbingly boring and picked back up on Chapter 13 I already forgot who the people where So I hav [...]


    19. The title of this book would leave you to believe that this is a historical look at Wonder Woman, the superheroine and it is in part, but not the main part and not until the last third of the book This book is a biography of Wonder Woman s creator, William Moulton Marston It is about the people and events of his life and the events of the world around him that inspired the comic book icon Marston grew up in the age of women s suffrage, the early feminist movement, and the fight for birth control [...]


    20. Great Hera what a tome This book sat on my to read shelf, forgotten, until a friend mentioned reading something about the wacky secret life of a Harvard alum who created Wonder Woman Chip Kidd cover Can this get any better It can and did The end papers are genius design the first Harry Peter drawing of Wonder Woman and handwritten notes from both Peter and Marston The difference between fiction and nonfiction fiction has to be credible The history of the comic is almost incredible It begins with [...]


    21. Fascinating So much history here that I was unfamiliar with And I enjoyed feeling a bit frustrated with Marston s ideas It really challenged me to the no about the various relationships between men and women One detail that continues to bug me days after finishing the book, though, is how did he pull off his bigamy I don t recall any real explanation of how he managed to marry his second wife, in an official sense I get the fabrications they concocted to explain the living arrangement to the chi [...]


    22. I m not sure if I would have enjoyed this book or less had I read it, but the audio book was poorly read by Mathew author And that, unfortunately, detracted from the story This is an exploration about the man who created Wonder Woman than anything else The tales of him, his wives and their own influential female roles and relatives is all intriguing, yet It was hard to get through this book And I do blame the author as reader blunder for that Pick it up if you want to know about the creator of [...]


    23. This is a pick for the content of the book and not the audiobook The audiobook is narrated by the author not a good choice in this case That being said, you do get some fascinating background on the creator of this comic character as well as important history on the early women s rights movements as they related to access to birth control The creator of WW also developed the lie detector and there s some good background on that as well.


    24. 43 The Secret History of Wonder Woman Audio by Jill Lepore, read by the authorpublished 2014format Overdrive audiobook, 9 05 250 pages acquired Librarylistened Aug 17 24 Oct 19 23rating 3 Trying to review I m tied up between all the information that comes out of this book, the crazy interplay that kind of led to Wonder Woman, and Lepore s flawed presentation The story of Wonder Woman involves lie detector tests, a complex and contradictory evolution of feminism, comic books, the birth control mo [...]


    25. GREAT HERA It s no secret that the history of Wonder Woman and her creator is by far one of the most fascinating in comic books A book like this was waiting to be written at some point For me, it had everything I wanted and then some I d call myself a big fan of Wonder Woman, but over the years I ve gotten less interested in her comics and interested in her history.William Moulton Marston is a writer who I put into the category of separating his lifestyle from the comic books.or so I thought In [...]


    26. If you re considering reading this book because you are primarily interested in the history of the Wonder Woman comic book, you might be disappointed I didn t think I wanted to read it for the exact opposite reason I wasn t much interested in that However, after hearing a few radio interviews with the author, I realized there was much to the story than the title suggests.In fact, it s a intensely readable social and cultural history of 19th and 20th century feminism, which helped shape the comi [...]


    27. Thanks to a feminist books you really have to read type list from 2014, I finally decided to buy this after humming and hawing for a while The Secret History of Wonder Woman details not only the origins of Wonder Woman and her journey through the years, but importantly, the man behind her creation.William Marston grew up surrounded by those involved in the suffrage movement, and believed that women would rule the earth More so, he s also the creator of the lie detector it s noted later in the b [...]


    28. Jill Lepore does an excellent job of connecting the history of the struggle for women to control their own destiny in the USA with the creation of the female superhero Wonder Woman Who knew One of the most intriguing elements to me is how two apparently brilliant and multi talented women Olive Byrne and Elizabeth Holloway Marston lived a life of bondage to a creep like William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman.The details of their lives fascinate For a reader like me, who grew up befo [...]


    29. The title The Secret History of Wonder Woman, together with the vivid cover art, were clearly chosen with an eye to drawing in the reader than giving an actual sense of the book s content This is less a general history of the character or of her appearance in comic books than it is about lives of the people who created her and the social and cultural contexts which shaped them William Moulton Marston, a failed professor of psychology, his wife Elizabeth Holloway, Marston s former student Olive [...]


    30. I m so glad I switched from audio to the print Kindle edition The book hadn t cohered for me before making the switch not only was Lepore s reading voice grating but I was missing all the photographs and great comics images sprinkled through Never cared for WMM himself William Moulton Marston not that liking him was necessary but I thought the Margaret Sanger connection was fascinating and I loved the leveling and intelligent contributions of a pediatric psychiatrist named Lauretta Bender on how [...]


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