Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym used by various authors of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories and other Nancy Drew books.


Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of the Syndicate, hired writers to write the manuscripts for the Nancy Drew books using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The writers initially were paid $125 for each book and were required by their contract to give up all rights to the work and to maintain confidentiality.

Mildred Wirt Benson was the first writer hired for the Nancy Drew books, and she is credited as the primary writer of the series and for the defining the character Nancy Drew.[1]

External links


  1. Martin, Douglas (May 30, 2002). "Mildred Benson Is Dead at 96; Wrote 23 Nancy Drew Books". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
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