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Who is Carolyn Keene?

That is the question that has intrigued many fans over the years. The secret is out! Carolyn Keene is a pseudonym used by ghostwriters over the years who wrote under that pen name. For the classic series of 56 Nancy Drew books, there were 8 ghostwriters: Mildred A. Wirt Benson who penned 1-7, 11-25, and 30, Walter Karig who penned 8-10, George Waller Jr. for 26, Margaret Scherf for 27, Wilhelmina Rankin for 28, Alma Sasse for 29, Charles Strong for 32, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams for 31 and 33-56. Books 57-175, spinoffs, etc. were written by numerous ghostwriters, many who haven't been revealed.

Over the years as the Nancy Drew series became more popular, there began to be more interest into who Carolyn Keene was. Fan mail sent to the Stratemeyer Syndicate was always replied to by Carolyn Keene. By the 60s, there began to be more publicity about the Syndicate and its head, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams began to grant more interviews. She soon became the "grandmotherly" Carolyn Keene.

By the 1960s, fans began to write more about the series and their childhood heroes. Some fans who were collectors began to search for "Carolyn Keene."

To say lots of drama has surrounded the mystery behind Carolyn Keene, is an understatement! I'm working on a piece about this mystery which will be added to this section of the website in the near future. Stay tuned...


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