Fun Facts Friday: Edward Stratemeyer
Latest Posts / October 4, 2013

Edward Stratemeyer (4 October, 1862 – 10 May, 1930) was a beloved author Children’s fiction and the creator of very popular book series such as The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew among many others. Books by Edward Stratemeyer Stratemeyer was born and died in the great state of New Jersey. Stratemeyer did not go to college, he started writing juvenile fiction after he graduated from high school. Stratemeyer had his own printing press. Writing short stories, Stratemeyer distributed them among friends and family. The first story Stratemeyer sold was Victor Horton’s Idea. He sold it to Golden Days, a popular children’s paper, for $75 in 1888. Stratemeyer introduced the fifty cent novels. Kids loved Stratemeyer’s stories for their escape and entertainment values, other popular books of the time were more series carrying a moral tone. After his success Stratemeyer delegated a lot of the writing & illustration work to others while he busied himself editing and negotiating with publishers. During his lifetime, Stratemeyer produced over 1,300 books and selling around 500 million copies. After his death, Stratemeyer’s daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams continued the series he developed with new storylines. Harriet expanded on Nancy Drew and was the…

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