From an article by Jon Anderson in The Chicago Tribune. (Date unknown)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Power of the Pen
"Mildred Benson, who under the name Carolyn Keene wrote 23 books in the Nancy Drew series for young girls, is dumbfounded at the impact her can-do heroine had on the lives of many readers. One woman, inspired by Drew, overcame her shyness and eventually became a murder detective. Another, after a bad marriage, withdrew to her bedroom with all her old Drew books and pulled herself back together. A third, a university professor, said Nancy Drew had given her the courage to speed away from her northern Minnesota town where the only role for women was 'to do all the cooking and cleaning."