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Carolyn Keene
Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon are the pseudonyms under which many ghostwriters penned the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, respectively. Both series were created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.Stratemeyer's... show more



Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon are the pseudonyms under which many ghostwriters penned the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, respectively. Both series were created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, in the late 1920s and early 1930s.Stratemeyer's daughter, Harriet, and syndicate writer Mildred Wirt Benson were the two people primarily responsible for bringing the iconic character of Nancy Drew to life in the minds and hearts of millions of readers around the world.

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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 2 months ago
I was just as shocked as anyone when I started to read "The Secret of the Old Clock" and found Nancy to be annoying. She and the other characters are sketched so thin and the whole story in this one was just off-putting. I also didn't think that Nancy was some great detective. She went snooping (tho...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 3 months ago
I went through a girl detective phase this spring which included revisiting Nancy Drew. I read a bunch of these as a kid but got tired because it never seemed possible to solve the mystery yourself (I moved on to Encyclopedia Brown). I was planning on reading The Hidden Staircase as well but didn't ...
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 5 months ago
A little over a year ago I read 'Secret of the Old Clock' and mentioned being intrigued, but not necessarily interested in reading the original versions of the classic juvenile detective novels. Of course, in a year's time I've become convinced I need to not only read the old volumes, but to collect...
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 5 months ago
Funny, the first original text Nancy Drew I find is the one where she learns all about antique dolls and the cutthroat dealings of those who collect them. One evening at a concert Nancy witnesses a purse being stolen and dashes after the culprit. She recovers the purse, but not the contents. The own...
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 1 year ago
Growing up, I loved reading Nancy Drew books, so when I saw this one in the Lending Library, I had to give it a read. The Nancy Drew Notebooks series is geared toward a younger audience than the original series. It is written in a much simpler way. Overall, I enjoyed the mystery and trying to figure...
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