Carolyn Keene





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Carolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.

Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Stratemeyer. Edna contributed 10 plot outlines before passing the reins to her sister Harriet. It was Mildred Benson (aka: Mildred A. Wirt), who breathed such a feisty spirit into Nancy's character. Mildred wrote 23 of the original 30 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, including the first three. It was her characterization that helped make Nancy an instant h
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“Do act mysterious. It always keeps them coming back for more.”
Carolyn Keene, Nancy's Mysterious Letter

“Nancy, every place you go, it seems as if mysteries just pile up one after another.”
Carolyn Keene, The Message in the Hollow Oak

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