Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer

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(1892-1982) US author and, after the death of her father Edward Stratemeyer in 1930, editor of his publishing syndicate. Under a variety of house names, including Carolyn Keene, Franklin W Dixon and Laura Lee Hope, she was herself responsible for writing approximately 170 of the Stratemeyer Syndicate novels about the Bobbsey Twins, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and others; for further titles, she supplied plots and outlines. Under the House Name Victor Appleton she wrote the last three volumes in the first series of Tom Swift books – beginning with Tom Swift and His Television Detector (1933) [see Checklist] – and also successfully revived Tom Swift, or, to be more accurate, his son Tom Swift, Jr., in a new series which began publication in 1954 (see Tom Swift for details). [JC]

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams

born Newark, New Jersey: 11 December 1892

died Pottersville, New Jersey: 27 March 1982

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