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Nancy Drew: How a teen detective inspired girls who went on to make history

Mar 15, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

In 2007, first lady and former librarian Laura Bush held an event at a middle school library extolling the virtues of Nancy Drew. At her side sat Emma Roberts, who at the time was the latest actress to play the teen detective on the big screen.

But when the Nancy Drew series first came out in 1930, librarians across the United States were waging a war against series books, which they claimed caused "mental laziness" and "intellectual torpor" and lowered one's taste, according to literary h...