10/30/2014 09:06 am ET Updated Oct 30, 2014

Discover Wonder Woman's Queer, Kinky Feminist History in Jill Lepore's ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman'


In Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the noted author of many crucial books (including Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin), Harvard professor, and New Yorker staff writer turns her eye to some secret identities that we never knew about: the cultural history and personal arcana that led to Wonder Woman, the best super heroine in comics.

“Suffering Sappho!” “Great Hera!” Wonder Woman, an Amazonian princess from an island of women, clad in a gold tiara, gold bracelets, and knee-high red leather boots, crashed on American soil in her invisible plane in 1941, where she disguised herself as a secretary named Diana Prince and worked for the U.S. Military service. She was the creation of William Moulton Marston, a psychology professor and lawyer who invented the lie detector.

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