Book about wonder woman creator

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

A 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

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. Her eyes and mouth are taped shut.

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. In the s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century.

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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.

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.

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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 After teaching at American University in Washington, D. Olive Byrne gave birth to two sons. Elizabeth supported the family financially while Olive Byrne stayed home to take care of all four children. Marston was the creator of the systolic blood pressure test, which became one component of the modern polygraph invented by John Augustus Larson in Berkeley, California.


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