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.