Edward Stratemeyer (4 October, 1862 – 10 May, 1930) was a writer, publisher, and creator of the Stratemeyer Syndicate that produced over 1,300 beloved novels, including the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Bobbsey Twins series.
- Mr. Stratemeyer was born in Elizabeth, NJ. His parents were both immigrants from Hanover, Germany.
- As a teen, Mr. Stratemeyer had his own printing press which he kept in the basement of his father’s tobacco shop. He printed flyers and pamphlets for friends and family.
- After high school, he kept working at his father’s shop. At age 26 Mr. Stratemeyer sold his first story to Golden Days, a children’s magazine. The author was paid $76, six times his weekly paycheck.
- In 1980 Mr. Stratemeyer moved to Newark, NJ to open a paper store and write stories under different names.
- Richard Dare’s Venture (1894), the first in the Bound to Succeed series, was the first full length book he published.
- Mr. Stratemeyer pioneered the book packaging technique using a team of freelance writes for a long running series.
- The author’s two daughters took over the Stratemeyer Syndicate after their dad.
- Mr. Stratemeyer loved the outdoors and spent every summer on trips.
- After he passed away, the New York Times reported that the Rover Boys series sold in excess of 5,000,000 copies.
- Many of the books he published are still in publication to this day.
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