The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill LeporeA cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the characters 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 characters creation and development.
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The Secret History of Wonder Woman
William Moulton Marston created the Wonder Woman comics in I promise you, dear reader, that you will learn everything you never wanted to know about this man and his family life. Jill Lepore entices the audience with an unqualified premise—this is not a book of superhero scholarship. I judged a book by its fabulous cover and intriguing title. I believed it was going to be a thorough dissertation of the comics and the impact they had on society. He was not what would have qualified as a typical man in the s through s. This Harvard-educated psychologist started out his life on a legitimate path—he went straight through school and received his Ph.
Look Inside. Oct 28, Minutes Buy. Jul 07, ISBN Oct 28, ISBN Oct 28, Minutes. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in , when Marston was a freshman.
He was a Harvard graduate, a feminist and a psychologist who invented the lie detector test. He was also a huckster, a polyamorist one and sometimes two other women lived with him and his wife , a serial liar and a bondage super-enthusiast. How into fettering was Marston? Allow Ms. Lepore to count the ways, in a long but fascinating passage that shows off her neatnik prose style. In episode after episode, Wonder Woman is chained, bound, gagged, lassoed, tied, fettered and manacled.
Sign in., Two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston , and their polyamorous life partner , Olive Byrne , greatly influenced Wonder Woman's creation. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in
A look inside the complicated life of the man who created Wonder Woman. This weekend, Wonder Woman is back in the spotlight thanks to Professor Marston and the Wonder Women , a new film that traces the surprising origins of the beloved character. William Moulton Marston, who published his first Wonder Woman strip in , led a double life not unlike the superheroes he wrote about. Working to uncover his secret identity like a real-life Lois Lane, New Yorker writer Jill Lepore pieced together the complicated life of the scholar, writer and inventor in with her book , The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Like his creation, who championed peace and love while simultaneously beating bad guys to a pulp, Marston was a man of seemingly endless contradictions. He invented the lie detector, but kept a mistress whom he falsely claimed was a blood relative. As a self-styled feminist and student of the budding field of psychology at Harvard University, he formed a thesis that women are mentally stronger than men, but argued that they are also happiest being submissive.
In the summer of , a press release from the New York offices of All-American Comics turned up at newspapers, magazines and radio stations all over the United States. William Moulton Marston, internationally famous psychologist. Or so, at least, it was made to appear. Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long. Generations of girls have carried their sandwiches to school in Wonder Woman lunchboxes. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity.