Edward Stratemeyer

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Edward Stratemeyer
Unknown date.
Born Edward L. Stratemeyer
(1862-10-04)October 4, 1862
Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died May 10, 1930(1930-05-10) (aged 67)
Newark, New Jersey
Resting place Evergreen Cemetery
Hillside, New Jersey, United States
40°41′33″N 74°12′40″W / 40.6925°N 74.211°W / 40.6925; -74.211
Pen name Victor Appleton, Ralph Bonehill, Franklin W. Dixon, Laura Lee Hope, Carolyn Keene, Roy Rockwood and Arthur M. Winfield
Occupation Publisher and writer
Nationality American
Genre Children's fiction
Notable works Creator of the book series:
 • The Bobbsey Twins
 • Bomba, the Jungle Boy
 • The Colonial Series
 • The Dana Girls
 • Dave Dashaway
 • Don Sturdy
 • The Hardy Boys
 • Jack Ranger
 • Nancy Drew
 • The Rover Boys
 • Tom Swift

Edward L. Stratemeyer (October 4, 1862 – May 10, 1930) was an American publisher and writer of children's fiction.

He was one of the most prolific writers in the world, producing in excess of 1,300[1] books himself, selling in excess of 500 million copies,[2] and created the well-known fictional-book series for juveniles including The Rover Boys, The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew series, among others.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Henry Julius Stratemeyer, and Anna Siegel, both were immigrants from Germany. He married Magdalena Van Camp, and had 2 children.


In 1893, Stratemeyer was hired by the popular dime-novel writer Gilbert Patten to write for the Street & Smith publication Good News.[3]

He pioneered the book-packaging technique of producing a consistent, long-running, series of books using a team of freelance writers. All of the books in the series used the same characters in similar situations. All of the free lance writers were published under a pen name owned by his company.

Through his Stratemeyer Syndicate, founded in 1906, Stratemeyer employed a massive number of editors, copy writers, stenographers, co-authors, and secretaries. With their help, he greatly contributed to a new genre of juvenile fiction.[1] He was responsible for launching several series including[4]


Stratemeyer died at age 67 in Newark, New Jersey, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, New Jersey.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Omnibus II (2005). Veritas Press. p. 148.
  2. ^ Omnibus II (2005). Veritas Press, p. 148.
  3. ^ John A. Dinan in Sports in the Pulp Magazines (via Google Books). p. 66 (1998).
  4. ^ Andrews, Dale (2013-08-27). "The Hardy Boys Mystery". Children's books. Washington: SleuthSayers. 
  5. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2950

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