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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YOUNG WOMAN AND THE SEA: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World

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The Best American Sports Writing series editor offers a history of the first woman to swim the English Channel.In the era of Michael Phelps, it's easy to forget that 100 years ago the sport of ... Read full review


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Trudy Ederle, who died in 2003 at age 98, was the first woman to swim the English Channel, in 1926. For several years, her fame had been uproarious, her achievement thought earth-shattering. She ... Read full review


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
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GLENN STOUT is a freelance writer, author, editorial consultant and has served as Series Editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception. He lived in and around Boston for 20 years and currently lives in Vermont. He is the author of The Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912, and has collaborated with Richard Johnson on Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Cubs and The Dodgers.

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