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My daughter and I have been slowly building her collection of Nancy Drew books. We have some that are older (vintage) and some that are newer. We discovered that the newer books have been changed, although the meaning has been kept. Nowhere on these newer books do we see anything about "abridged" or any such markings.
Can anyone tell me what they might know about this? Did they feel they needed to "modernize" the language? I always thought they simply reprinted them. What a shame...I am so disappointed!
Kathy in California
I have been gradually assembling a collection of Nancy Drew books for a relative, & specifically, the version of the books that I read growing up. I, as well, was originally under the impression that there was one text 'version' of the Nancy Drew books, & was surprised when I learned that that was not the case (no pun intended).
(summary, including cover art galleries) http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/nancydrew.html
(list of the various titles & publication dates) http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/drewlist.html
(guide to the Grosset & Dunlap editions) http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/formats.html
There are major changes in storyline for at least one of the books. The Broken Locket is a completely different story in the older blue heather edition than in the later yellow ones.
Some of the changes were made out of sensitivity to people that might have been looked down on at the time they were written. While I think that political correctness has been taken to a ridiculous extreme in the past few years, I'm thankful that those ignorant attitudes from the past are no longer acceptable today.