Sunday, December 14, 2014
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
One of the first and most popular heroes of American comics was Diana Price a/k/a Wonder Woman, the Amazonian princess who became a champion and defender of the American way of life in the 1930s.
Not until now, however, has anyone managed to penetrate the murky antecedents of Wonder Woman and the even more astounding true tale of her creator, William Moulton Marston.
Lepore, the David Kemper 41 Professor of History at Harvard University, combines extensive and meticulously documented research with a wry sense of humor and a lively style of writing. She paints a vivid portrait of a man who claimed to be an expert detector of lies, but whose own life was one of secrets, intrigues and manipulation. Here's a story that proves the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction.
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