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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) […]

Boys of Business

Boys of Business

The Boys of Business (Boys of Pluck) series. One of Edward Stratemeyer’s favorite authors as a youth was Horatio Alger, Jr. Late in the elder author’s life, the two men corresponded and helped each other where they could. Alger provided stories for publications that Stratemeyer edited and Stratemeyer helped with some publisher arrangements. Stratemeyer also […]

Ralph

Ralph

The Railroad series (aka Ralph of the Railroad). Once Edward Stratemeyer decided to formalize the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1905, he began to use the elements that would define its operation. He would contract with a publisher to produce and provide a series. He would propose titles that would be approved by the publisher. From the […]

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 […]

Howard R. Garis

Howard R. Garis

Howard R. Garis (1873-1962) was the most prolific ghostwriter for the Stratemeyer Syndicate.  Over a span of 30 years he wrote some 315 books for them. His name was placed on the title pages and covers of several series that were owned and outlined by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, including: The Larry Dexter series (1907—1915) The Dick […]

Musket Boys

Musket Boys

The Musket Boys series. As the titles imply, this Stratemeyer Syndicate series is set during the American Revolutionary War. Edward Stratemeyer had written other stories on his own during the Colonial period but this was produced through the Syndicate with Weldon J. Cobb writing from his outlines. The books were very expensive in the original […]

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 […]

Dorothy Dale

Dorothy Dale

The Dorothy Dale series. After the Syndicate’s trouble over the Dorothy Chester series (1907), Chatterton-Peck, and Evelyn Raymond, they still needed to offer series with girls as a protagonist. Their first long series of this type was the Dorothy Dale series under the “Margaret Penrose” pen name for Cupples & Leon beginning in 1908. 1. […]