Sunday, June 20, 2010
I think the first real mystery novel I ever read was Nancy Drew's Secret of the Old Clock. I devoured the rest of the series and have been hooked on suspense ever since. In honor of Nancy's 80th birthday, here's a fun little post I found on: www.nancydrewsleuth.com
TOP 10 CLUES ABOUT
NANCY DREW’S MYSTERIOUS HISTORY…
1. Edward Stratemeyer, of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, created
Nancy Drew in 1929.
2. The first three books in the series: The Secret of the Old
Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery all
debuted on April 28, 1930.
3. Carolyn Keene is a pen name for various ghostwriters who
have written the books over the years. The first Carolyn Keene
was Mildred Wirt Benson who wrote 23 of the first 30 Nancy
4. When Stratemeyer died 2 weeks after his Nancy Drew series
debuted in 1930, his daughters Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Edna Stratemeyer took
over the series. Harriet ran the Syndicate for 52 more years. She also penned volumes 31
and 33-56 in the classic series.
5. Nancy Drew first came to the big screen in 1938 with Nancy Drew…Detective, the first
of what would be 4 movies released from 1938-1939 and produced by Warner Brothers.
6. Beginning in 1959 through 1978, the first 34 volumes in the series were revised and
cut down from 25 chapters to just 20.
7. Nancy Drew made her television debut along with The Hardy Boys in 1978 with
alternating Sunday night mysteries on ABC. Actress Pamela Sue Martin played Nancy
8. The Stratemeyer Syndicate switched publishers in 1979 from Grosset & Dunlap to
Simon & Schuster resulting in a lawsuit between the parties. Both publishers continue to
publish Nancy Drew books today. The Stratemeyer Syndicate was sold to Simon &
Schuster in 1984.
9. Over 500 Nancy Drew books have been published since 1930. From the classic series
to spin-offs like the Nancy Drew Files, there isn’t a case that Nancy Drew hasn’t solved!
10. In 1993, the first ever Nancy Drew Conference was held at the University of Iowa
with over 500 in attendance and original Carolyn Keene Mildred Wirt Benson made the
news as ABC’s Person of the Week. Today, the tradition of annual conventions continues
with the Nancy Drew Sleuths fan group hosting yearly conventions for fans and would-be
gumshoes. Visit their website: www.ndsleuths.com.
Nancy Drew © & ™, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Compiled by Nancy Drew consultant, Jennifer Fisher, www.nancydrewsleuth.com
Posted by Lydia Storm at 10:54 PM