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Clue Book series begins in April with two breeder volumes. In the revised books and the later books, Chet usually has a new hobby in each book and most of the time they dovetail with the story. Author information derived from signed release forms and other information found in the Stratemeyer Syndicate archives of the New York Public Library. Who Was Franklin W. As a boy, I imagined Franklin W. Dixon as a rather staid, tweedy, dignified old gent, toiling away on the latest Hardy opus in his book-lined study.

Therefore, I was quite dismayed when my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Over the years, more than 2 dozen writers, known and unknown, have assumed the mantle of Franklin W. Dixon but none was to have such an impact on the series as the first, Leslie McFarlane. Married Amy Ashmore d. In , he responded to an advertisement by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and soon began working for them under their popular pseudonym of Roy Rockwood on the Dave Fearless series. Later that year, he was asked by Edward Stratemeyer to ghostwrite the Hardy Boys series.

He wrote wrote volumes , and possibly volume 26, The Phantom Freighter. He received no royalties and also had to sign an agreement to not reveal his work for the Syndicate. Date: EDT From: scott opone.

Les is my grandfather's brother. He also wrote some Ted Scott's.


I read "Ghost" when it first came out, but haven't picked it up since. Les told me that it wasn't all true - had to fluff it up some to make the publisher look better than they really were they were paying him for it, after all. You might be interested to know that the syndicate took full credit for the name Franklin W. This is not mentioned in "Ghost". I am aware of some of Les' other series work Dana's, etc. HB's and TS's were his favorite works of the era.

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He once mentioned to me that he penned a couple of Nancy Drews, too! This caused quite a furor in the NewsGroup, as the identities of the various Carolyn Keene's over the years have had a certain cloud of mystery around them. There is really no proof that he did so, just a comment he made to me back in Personally, I think that he ghosted for another ghost, and never received credit.

Who Was Edward Stratemeyer? Education: Attended public schools in Elizabeth, NJ. Career: Worked in family's tobacco shop in Elizabeth, N.

The following two articles have some factual errors, nevertheless they provide an in-depth look at the man and his work. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by Glenn E. Estes, University of Tennessee. The Gale Group, In terms of prolificacy, no author in the history of children's literature can approach the output of Edward Stratemeyer. Added to his own works, there are hundreds of series books whose plots he outlined for a highly secret, constantly changing corps of ghostwriters using house names that still remain the property of the Stratemeyer Syndicate.

Available documentation attests that between the years of and , Edward Stratemeyer published titles that were exclusively his own and that he also masterminded a literary machine which produced some titles published under more than sixty-five pseudonyms and translated into a dozen languages.

In , the American Library Association sponsored a survey of juvenile reading preferences, querying 36, children in thirty-four different cities about their favorite books; ninety-eight percent of these children responded with a Stratemeyer title. Although the syndicate's series list has greatly shrunk since World War II, figures indicate that the Stratemeyer Syndicate still sells about 6,, books each year and that it has well-laid plans to carry on at that rate. Curiously, little is known about Stratemeyer's private life.

He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on 4 October His father, a middle-class German immigrant, migrated to California during the era of the Gold Rush but later returned to New Jersey to settle the estate of a deceased brother.

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Thus, young Edward Stratemeyer spent his boyhood in Elizabeth where he read with a passion the works of Horatio Alger, Jr. The dime novel was in its heyday, and its plots were gloriously compatible with the American dream. Unlike some of the super heroes he would later create, Stratemeyer did not attend preparatory school or college, but quite like all of his leading characters, he grew up indoctrinated with the Alger-Adams dogma which proclaimed that clean living and hard work brought just rewards.

Upon Stratemeyer's death, 10 May , his children carried on not only the syndicate he had founded, but also the stern code of secrecy to which he adhered. After a frustrated attempt to find out something about the private life of Stratemeyer, the staff writers for the April Fortune Magazine reported the daughters were amazed at their efforts to pry. What, the new overseers of the syndicate wanted to know, would their clients think if they discovered that their revered gallery of juvenile authors was nothing but a waxworks invented by Stratemeyer?

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Furthermore, they felt so strongly about maintaining the illusion that, in spite of their great veneration of him, they refused to authorize any of the attempts that were then being made to write this biography. This position of secrecy was held to so firmly that once, during Stratemeyer's life, when a reader insisted upon some information about May Hollis Barton, a publisher's assistant created an entirely fabulous biography, never letting on that the "she" was in reality a kindly, stocky, nearsighted "he. In marked contrast to the sketchy information about Stratemeyer's private life, literally reams of information can be amassed about his professional life.

His writing career began in while he was working at his brother Maurice Stratemeyer's tobacco shop in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Reports are that during a slow time at the store, he tore off a sheet of brown wrapping paper and began to write Victor Horton's Idea , an eighteen-thousand-word serial which he sent to the Philadelphia weekly for boys, Golden Days. Under his own name and as Ralph Hamilton, he wrote serials for Golden Days from to The bulk of Stratemeyer's literary apprenticeship was served in writing and editing for periodicals.

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Contributions to Frank Munsey's Golden Argosy caught the attention of Street and Smith publishers who, in , offered him the editorship of Good News. His stories built the magazine's circulation to more than , During this time, he was advancing his penchant for pen names. When Alger and Adams died, Stratemeyer was chosen to complete their unfinished works. From notes and outlines he finished eleven books in the Rise of Life series under Alger's name.

Meanwhile, he had not neglected his own creations. By the end of , he had six series and sixteen hardcover books in print, but it was in that his big breakthrough came.

Stratemeyer had written a book about two boys on a battleship and submitted it to Lothrop, Lee and Shepard. A short time thereafter, the press announced Admiral Dewey's victory at Manila Bay. Almost immediately Stratemeyer received a letter of acceptance from the publishers with the request that he revise the manuscript to parallel Dewey's victory. The book went through multiple printings, and its characters were ubiquitous in sequels, charging up SanJuan Hill, serving under Commodore Schley aboard the Brooklyn , returning to the Philippines with General Otis, riding into Santa Cruz with Major General Lawton, and finally serving on General MacArthur's staff in Luzon.

Recognizing the popular appeal of war and patriotism, Stratemeyer dashed off in addition to the six Old Glory titles , two Minute Boys books ; four in the Soldiers of Fortune series ; three on the Mexican War ; and six which formed the Colonial series These early books are important in two respects: they are crammed with well-researched facts and they make use of some literary techniques that mark virtually all of the author's later works. From the very beginning of his writing career Stratemeyer had the voice of a storyteller, speaking personally to the reader, and that I-you tone was a note that sounded regardless of title or pen name.