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Story—Proving His Worth (1895)

Three of the holiday-themed short stories Edward Stratemeyer wrote for the Newark Sunday Call newspaper in the 1890s were timed and themed for Independence Day, July 4th. Another example is “A Lucky Explosion” from 1892.  This baseball story, “Proving His Worth”, was published three years later. Since the newspaper was issued weekly on a Sunday, the […]

Story—A Lucky Explosion (1892)

As with other holidays, Edward Stratemeyer wrote a couple short stories for Independence Day for the Newark Sunday Call. The first of these was “A Lucky Explosion: An Independence Day Story for Young People” (3 July 1892). The story was reprinted in an abridged form in Young Sports of America as by “Ed Ward” (13 […]

Story—A Perilous Skate (1892)

In the 1890s Edward Stratemeyer struck a deal with the editor of the Newark Sunday Call newspaper to offer occasional short stories.  Most often these were timed to coincide with a holiday of the year.  He wanted to gather some of these together and publish them as a book to be called “Holiday Stories for Boys.” […]



This term is borrowed from the science fiction community.  It describes a book that resembles a novel that was assembled from previously published short material.  Often there are editorial changes made to suit the publication length and change characters or themes to be suitable for the book form. Edward Stratemeyer wrote many serials and short […]

1894 Ghost story by Edward Stratemeyer

Among the least-known form of Edward Stratemeyer’s writings are his short stories for newspapers, especially the Newark Sunday Call.  This weekly from his home town ran a group of stories by Stratemeyer that were timed and themed to the holidays of the year.  With only a local audience in mind, locations known to Newark-area readers were included. […]

Story—The Ghost of Flydown Hill (1894)

In the 1890s Edward Stratemeyer wrote a series of short stories for the Newark Sunday Call for young people that were timed to coincide with the holidays around the year.   Later he wanted to publish a book of these stories to be called Holiday Stories for Boys.  Although that did not work out, we published a […]

Story—A Longed-For Adventure (1892)

In the United States the last Monday of May is commemorated as Memorial Day.  It was originally known as Decoration Day to reflect a tradition of honoring war dead from the Civil War. Among Stratemeyer’s “holiday” stories for the Newark Sunday Call was “A Longed-For Adventure:  A Decoration Day Story for Young People” (29 May 1892). […]

Story—Davy’s Christmas (1891)

Story—Davy’s Christmas (1891)

In addition to writing stories for books, story papers, and dime novel publishers, Edward Stratemeyer wrote a couple dozen short stories for newspapers, especially one of the papers local to his home, the Newark Sunday Call.  As implied by the name, this was a weekly newspaper issued for Sunday reading.  Most of Edward’s stories for this […]