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Frank V. Webster

Frank V. Webster

“Frank V. Webster” was a Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym used for the Webster series of stories that resemble the writings of Horatio Alger, Jr. Unlike many pen names, a conscious effort was made to present “Frank V. Webster” as a real person.  A 1911 Cupples & Leon ad to the book trade, likely written by Edward Stratemeyer, […]

Laura Lee Hope

Laura Lee Hope

“Laura Lee Hope” was one of the Syndicate’s most frequently used pseudonyms.  It was first used for the Bobbsey Twins series and other books for the youngest audience.  However, it was also used for older readers as well.  The Stratemeyer Syndicate series that used the name are: The Bobbsey Twins series (1904—1979) The Outdoor Girls series (1913—1933) The Moving Picture Girls […]

Motor Boys

Motor Boys

The Motor Boys series. The other series begun by Edward Stratemeyer in 1905 was the Motor Boys series for Cupples & Leon. This was part of several series volumes issued by that publisher in 1906 but it happens to be the first one ordered from a ghostwriter. All of the volumes were ghostwritten by Howard […]

Clarence Young

“Clarence Young” was a pseudonym used for Edward Stratemeyer stories and Stratemeyer Syndicate productions. A similar pseudonym, “Captain Young of Yale,” was used on a sports story written by Stratemeyer and published in Young Sports of America, a story paper, in 1895. The Stratemeyer Syndicate series produced under this name are: The Motor Boys series (1906—1924) […]

Darewell Chums

Darewell Chums

The Darewell Chums series. Stratemeyer developed a number of new series for Cupples & Leon starting in 1906. The Darewell Chums series began in 1908 and had five volumes which were ghostwritten by Howard R. Garis from Stratemeyer’s outlines. They mainly have outdoor themes. The “Allen Chapman” name was used on these books. 1. The Darewell […]

Allen Chapman

“Allen Chapman” began as a pseudonym for stories written by Edward Stratemeyer and evolved into a pen name for several Stratemeyer Syndicate series. The Stratemeyer Syndicate series that used this name are: The Ralph of the Railroad series (1906—1928) The Boys of Business series (1906—1911) The Darewell Chums series (1908—1911) The Fred Fenton series (1913—1915) The Tom Fairfield series (1913—1915) […]

Larry Dexter

The Newspaper (Larry Dexter) series. As with the Dorothy Chester books, another series published by Chatterton-Peck in 1907 from the Stratemeyer Syndicate used the author’s real name even though they were owned by the Syndicate. This was originally called the Newspaper series and featured a young man named Larry Dexter. After the first volume in […]

Dick Hamilton

Dick Hamilton

The Dick Hamilton series. Although this is a series with “Howard R. Garis” as a byline, it was outlined and owned by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. 1. Dick Hamilton’s Fortune (1909)2. Dick Hamilton’s Cadet Days (1910)3. Dick Hamilton’s Steam Yacht (1911)4. Dick Hamilton’s Football Team (1912)5. Dick Hamilton’s Touring Car (1913)6. Dick Hamilton’s Airship (1914) It is a little […]

George A. Warren

  “George A. Warren” was a pen name used on two early Cupples & Leon series, the Musket Boys series (1909—1910), about the American Revolutionary War, and the Banner Boy Scouts series (1912—1916), the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s attempt to tell stories of the activities of the members of the Boy Scouts of America. After Stratemeyer proposed this name […]

Margaret Penrose

“Margaret Penrose” is a Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym used for a few series published by Cupples & Leon. The first series to use this name was the Dorothy Dale series (1908—1924), which became the Syndicate’s first long series with a girl protagonist. Based on this success, the name was also used on the Motor Girls series (1910—1917), a […]