Franklin W. Dixon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ted Scott Book cover 1927.jpg

Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors who were part of a team that wrote The Hardy Boys[1] novels for the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now owned by Simon & Schuster). Dixon was also the writer attributed for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series, published by Grosset & Dunlap.

Canadian author Charles Leslie McFarlane is believed to have written the first sixteen Hardy Boys books,[2] but worked to a detailed plot and character outline for each story.[3] The outlines are believed to have originated with Edward Stratemeyer, with later books outlined by his daughters Edna C. Squier and Harriet Adams. Edward and Harriet also edited all books in the series through the mid-1960s.[4] Other writers of the original books include MacFarlane's wife Amy,[5] John Button, Andrew E. Svenson, and Adams herself; most of the outlines were done by Adams and Svenson.[2] A number of other writers and editors were recruited to revise the outlines and update the texts in line with a more modern sensibility, starting in the late 1950s.[6]

The principal author for the Ted Scott books was John W. Duffield.[7]


The following series or books have been published under the name Franklin W. Dixon:

The Hardy Boys series[edit]

Other series[edit]

  • Ted Scott Flying Stories (1927–1943)
  • Joanna Brady stories by Judith Jance: Joanna's second husband is Franklin W. Dixon, a writer who has to use a pseudonym because his real name has been pre-empted by the house-name for the Hardy Boys authors.[citation needed]

Individual books[edit]

  • The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook (1959)
  • The Hardy Boys Handbook: Seven Stories of Survival (1980)
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths (with Carolyn Keene) (1981)
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2 (with Carolyn Keene) (1984)
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Campfire Stories (with Carolyn Keene) (1984)
  • The Hardy Boys Ghost Stories (1984)
  • Hardy Boys Adventures (2014)

References in other works[edit]


  1. ^ "The identity of Franklin W. 'Tex' Dixon unveiled at last". 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Franklin W. Dixon". Penguin Random House.
  3. ^ Keeline, James D (2003). "Who Wrote the Hardy Boys? Secrets from the Syndicate Files Revealed" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 4, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Kismaric, Carole; Heiferman, Marvin (2007). The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. New York: Fireside. ISBN 978-1-4165-4945-1.
  5. ^ "Tag Archives: Amy McFarlane". A single review with heading: 26. The Phantom Freighter (April 25, 2014).
  6. ^ Rehak, Melanie (2006). Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her. New York: Harvest. ISBN 0-15-603056-X.
  7. ^ [1]. search: Duffield, J. W. (John William) Archived 2022-08-13 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]