The Mystery of “Nancy Drew” and the Author that Never Was
The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift were all the product of one man, Edward Stratemeyer, a New Jersey author who wrote more than 1,300 books and eventually founded a syndicate of ghostwriters who pounded out juvenile mysteries based on his instructions. Thus book syndication was born. They were referred to as “book factories” and were extremely profitable.
Stratemeyer conceived the syndicate when his Rover Boys series proved so popular that he could not keep up with the demand for more books. He corralled a stable of hungry young writers, and in 1910 they were producing 10 new series annually. Each writer earned $50 to $250 for a manuscript he could produce in a month, working with characters and plot devised by Stratemeyer. He would review each completed manuscript for consistency and publish it under a pseudonym that he owned — Franklin W. Dixon, Carolyn Keene, Laura Lee Hope, Victor Appleton. Each book in a series mentioned the thrilling earlier volumes and foreshadowed the next book. The formula worked so well that when Stratemeyer died in 1930 his daughter continued the business; when she died in 1982 the syndicate was selling more than 2 million books a year.
This sounds cynical, but it worked because Stratemeyer had a sympathetic understanding of what young readers wanted. “The trouble is that very few adults get next to the heart of a boy when choosing something for him to read,” Stratemeyer wrote to a publisher in 1901. “A wide awake lad has no patience with that which is namby-pamby, or with that which he puts down as a ‘study book’ in disguise. He demands real flesh and blood heroes who do something.”
Writing books. I am obviously doing it wrong.
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Jeremy Scott’s autumn/winter’12-13 bindis on the catwalk.
I thought this one was a good thing to start with, because it commits no less than three offences.
- Appropriating bindis, because disrespecting other cultures is sew hot right now. Also: why did they make the circular plate look like it’s floating in front of her head?
- The smurf blue lipstick which makes the model look like a corpse.
- The purple streaks in her hair which look like they’ve been drawn on by a five-year-old with a marker.
There’s nothing wrong with the blue lipstick, to compare it to a corpse is a little extreme.
Plus there’s nothing wrong with the purple streaks.
You call wearing bindi’s racism but what you’re doing here is fascism.
You call comparing blue lipstick to a corpse “a little extreme”, but you call me a fascist simply for giving my opinion on the internet?
I don’t go around arresting people for not conforming to my opinion, so I’m fine with you not agreeing with it (except for the inappropriate wearing of bindis = racism part, because that’s just a fact).
I don’t think fascism means what she thinks it means.
Also, the blue lipstick and the purple streak are both pretty awful for a professional show. However, I’m sad to admit the fact that it’s from Jeremy Scott remains completely unsurprising to me.
Spencer Hart show - backstage
peter guillam | tinker tailor soldier spy
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