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Early Stratemeyer Mysteries

If Edward Stratemeyer is known today, it is as the founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate and the creator of their longest-lasting and most famous series, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.  For many readers and collectors, mystery stories similar to these are their primary interest.  The Syndicate had many types of series, including outdoor, school, sports, career, success, invention, and bedtime stories.

Given a significant interest in mysteries, it is perhaps worthwhile to examine the history of Edward Stratemeyer’s association with mystery and detective stories before launching the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.  “Edward Stratemeyer, Man of Mystery,” was a 2002 Popular Culture Association presentation.

Dash Dare on the Stage in the Old Cap Collier Library dime novel series became Nat Ridley #7, A Secret of the Stage.

Dash Dare on the Stage in the Old Cap Collier Library dime novel series became Nat Ridley #7, A Secret of the Stage.

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Keeline

James D. Keeline has been researching Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate since 1988. He has written many dozens of articles and conference presentations on these topics and has several books in progress, including a Series Book Encyclopedia, a full biography of Edward Stratemeyer, and Stratemeyer Syndicate Ghostwriters. He has also edited and published several Stratemeyer texts in illustrated and annotated editions under the 24 Palmer Street Press imprint at Lulu.com.

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