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Who Says Nancy Drew Is Only a 1-Dimensional Character?!

I loved reading Nancy Drew mysteries as a child. So it came as a shock to me as a adult many years ago as a new student to children’s writing to be told by my writing professor that Nancy Drew was emphatically NOT a three dimensional character. WHAT?! Of course she is! I read all of her escapades in the 3rd grade and she was so deeply dimensional I could tell you anything you wanted to know about her, thanks to Carolyn Keene’s great depiction of her. Then came blow number 2. My professor had no mercy when he informed me “Carolyn Keene” didn’t exist – ‘she’ was a ‘them’ – a group of writers who wrote the formulaic Nancy Drew mysteries under the made-up name of Carolyn Keene.

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