The Webster Series. Edward Stratemeyer read the writings of Horatio Alger, Jr. as a youth and later went on to write stories in his style and even 11 books as Alger with approval first by Alger himself and later Alger’s sister and executor. In the early 20th Century the book marketplace was flooded with cheap Alger […]
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“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]