Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In 1926, before skirt lengths inched above the knee and before anyone was ready to accept that a woman could test herself physically, a plucky American teenager named Trudy Ederle captured the imagination of the world when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. It was, and still is, a feat more incredible and uncommon than scaling Mount Everest. Upon her return to the United States, "Trudy of America" became the most famous woman in the world. And just as quickly, she disappeared from the public eye. Set against the backdrop of the roaring 1920s, Young Woman and the Sea is the dramatic and inspiring story of Ederle's pursuit of a goal no one believed possible, and the price she paid. The moment Trudy set foot on land, triumphant, she had shattered centuries of stereotypes and opened doors for generations of women to come. A truly magnetic and often misunderstood character whose story is largely forgotten, Trudy Ederle comes alive in these pages through Glenn Stout's exhaustive new research.

  

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Contents

2 The Challenge
3 Highlands
4 The Painter
5 The Womens Swimming Association
6 The Crossing
7 The Teacher
8 The Channel
9 The Best Girl
17 Comeback
18 Wolffe
19 Touched
20 Poison
21 Cape GrisNez
22 What For?
23 Kingsdown
24 Shore

10 The Next Man
11 Goals
12 Rivals
13 Records
14 Girl in the Water
15 Trials
16 Agony
25 Swept Away
Back Matter
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Back Cover
Spine
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

GLENN STOUT has been the series editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception. He is the author of numerous award-winning books, including Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Dodgers, The Cubs, and Nine Months at Ground Zero. Most recently, he was handpicked to edit a posthumous volume of David Halberstam's sports writing, Everything They Had.

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