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The secret of the Hardy boys : Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate

Author: Marilyn S Greenwald
Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The author of the Hardy Boys mysteries was, as millions of readers know, Franklin W. Dixon. Except that there never was a Franklin W. Dixon. He was the creation of Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of a children's book empire that also published the Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew series. The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate recounts how a newspaper reporter with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
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Greenwald, Marilyn S.
Secret of the Hardy boys.
Athens : Ohio University Press, c2004
(OCoLC)607453050
Named Person: Leslie McFarlane; Leslie McFarlane; Franklin W Dixon; Leslie McFarlane; Leslie McFarlane; Franklin W Dixon; Leslie McFarlane
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn S Greenwald
ISBN: 0821415476 9780821415474
OCLC Number: 55891568
Description: xiv, 310 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1. Two Lives Intersect 1 --
Chapter 2. A Writer Is Born 17 --
Chapter 3. The Ghost of the Hardy Boys 31 --
Chapter 4. Birth of a Series 48 --
Chapter 5. A Well-Oiled Machine 63 --
Chapter 6. The Golden Handcuffs 76 --
Chapter 7. Tough Times 90 --
Chapter 8. The Circle Grows 107 --
Chapter 9. Good or Bad Books? 124 --
Chapter 10. The Best and Worst of Times 141 --
Chapter 11. New Opportunities 159 --
Chapter 12. Directing the Picture 171 --
Chapter 13. On the Air 188 --
Chapter 14. A Tragic Time 202 --
Chapter 15. A Ghost Emerges 220 --
Chapter 16. Ghosts of Their Former Selves 234 --
Chapter 17. At Home at the Typewriter 254 --
Chapter 18. The Final Chapter 273.
Responsibility: Marilyn S. Greenwald.
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