November 10, 2005

They've Arrived!

My Nancy Drew mysteries from eBay. Some liberry was getting rid of them until the nice lady in the northwest rescued them; they're marked "DISCARD"!

They are all the revised versions (the 20-chapter format) that were supposedly purged of racism/guns and "refined" in the 50s/60s. I'm pretty sure those are the editions I read as a child: in my day, all Nancy Drew books had yellow spines (these have violet spines).

So, eat your heart out, Hubris. I'll soon be re-reading:

The Mystery at Lilac Inn (1961)

The Clue of the Dancing Puppet (1962)

The Clue of the Velvet Mask (1953/1969)

The Hidden Window Mystery (1956/1975)

and The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk (1976)

Then I'll save them for my little girl, so she can have a warped notion of female identity and a fascination for All Things Criminal, too.

("Mom! Your work is so derivative! You can't decide whether you want to be Michael Connelly or Dorothy L. Sayers. I mean, at least get the hard-boiled/tea cozy distinction down. And all that gratuitous sex is just gross!)

Posted by Attila at November 10, 2005 09:04 PM | TrackBack

So...jealous...typing...difficult. Damn you, Attila Girl. Daaaamn yoooou!

Posted by: Hubris at November 10, 2005 09:08 PM


Okay, so you would probably know this: there was one Nancy Drew where they ended up in Amish country. And there was some mystery involving the hexes that the Amish paint on their barns -

I was absolutely captivated by that particular story - it was my favorite of all the Nancy Drews -

do you know that one?? I cannot remember the dern title!

Posted by: red at November 10, 2005 09:18 PM

The Witch Tree Symbol?

Posted by: Hubris at November 10, 2005 09:27 PM

Are you sure it was a Nancy Drew?

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 10, 2005 09:35 PM

Yep, found it: Scroll.

Posted by: Hubris at November 10, 2005 09:42 PM

Wow. I don't remember that one at all. Maybe our local liberry didn't have it--or maybe it was one of the few left when my brother and I suddenly got bored and moved on.

Or maybe I'm over forty and my memory's failing! Horrors!

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 10, 2005 10:05 PM

Hubris is a lush. How did u feel about Pamela Sue Martin?

Posted by: beautifulatrocities at November 11, 2005 08:40 AM

I just couldn't think of her as the "real" Nancy. However, I did watch the Hardy Boys, for reasons that had nothing to do with literature.

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 11, 2005 08:54 AM

Thanks, Hubris!

Posted by: red at November 11, 2005 09:56 AM

You're welcome Sheila!

Jeff, you're a whore (or maybe not, I'm drunk and confused right now).

Posted by: Hubris at November 11, 2005 10:12 AM

How would u know? You been talking to John Hawkins?? GRRRRRR!

Posted by: beautifulatrocities at November 11, 2005 08:54 PM

Boys! Stop making me laugh; I'll wake my husband up.

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 11, 2005 10:26 PM

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