Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up

Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up

by Christine Keleny

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Overview

If you didn’t already know, Carolyn Keene, of the famous Nancy Drew mystery series, is not a real person. Neither is the Hardy Boys’ Franklin Dixon or Laura Lee Hope of the Bobbsey Twins. They are all the brain child of one of the country’s most prolific writers for children and young adults to date: Edward Stratemeyer. Edward was so prolific, in fact, that he had to eventually hire ghostwriters to help him flush out his story ideas, which was not an issue until a series he created just before his death became a cult classic. “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” tells of the lives of the three primary creators of the Nancy mystery series and how the plucky, intelligent, resourceful, and famous girl sleuth came to life, along with the controversy that still rages on about who really created the Nancy that millions of readers across the globe have come to know and love. “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” is a fresh take on one of America’s most popular characters—Nancy Drew. Keleny offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the dedicated and determined creators of the series. She also reveals the competing—and often conflicting—visions each author had for Nancy. This novel is entertaining, smart, and exceptionally well researched. It is certain to interest anyone who is curious about the surprising mystery behind the Nancy Drew mysteries.” Jenna Nelson, PhD

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989215251
Publisher: CKBooks Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Vicki_Goodwin More than 1 year ago
This was a story I thought I knew something about but now I know the whole story. Although I can appreciate the talent of Edward Stratemeyer he did not exactly play financially fair. His daughter Harriet was even a bit more heavy handed it seems. You have to read this to see what a huge idea Mr. Stratemeyer had and how he made it all work. As a Nancy Drew Mystery fan, I found this book to be very eye-opening. It was fun to go back down memory lane with the plots and insider information about the earliest books.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
Renowned for its prolific publication of children’s series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate entered the publishing world of the early twentieth century as the brainchild of writer and editor Edward Stratemeyer. Stratemeyer’s lifelong love of children’s stories led him to create numerous series, such as The Rover Boys and The Hardy Boys, which captured the imaginations of youth and sought to instill morality and good citizenship. As such, each series fostered by the Syndicate followed Stratemeyer’s formulaic approach and, though penned by ghostwriters, began as an outline set forth by Stratemeyer himself. Upon Stratemeyer’s death in 1930, his daughter Harriet Adams appropriated leadership of the Syndicate and moved forward with her father’s ideas and some of her own—a combination most notably evidenced with the genesis of Nancy Drew. Despite the Syndicate’s overall success as a publishing magnate, its very approach led to controversy over the years, and it is this that Christine Keleny first implements to draw readers into her fascinating work of nonfiction. “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” opens with and is bookended by the 1980 court trial battle between Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Grosset and Dunlap. In between, however, Keleny masterfully takes readers on a historical journey through the lives of the Stratemeyers and their descendants, from the boyhood dream of Edward to Harriet’s carrying the torch years later. Make no mistake, however; this is no dry family history. On the contrary, “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” offers a spellbinding account of how some of childhood’s most legendary heroes and heroines came into being, and why they continue to attract audiences even in the twenty-first century. An accompanying bibliography gives readers fodder for additional research as well.  I was provided with a complimentary copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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