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Mildred A Wirt


(Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson)
USA (1905 - 2002)

aka Frank Bell, Mildred Benson, Joan Clark, Julia K Duncan, Alice B Emerson, Frances K Judd, Carolyn Keene, Don Palmer, Helen Louise Thorndyke, Dorothy West, Ann Wirt

Mildred Wirt Benson was an American author of children's books, in particular several Nancy Drew mysteries. Writing under Stratemeyer Syndicate pen name Carolyn Keene from 1929 to 1947, she contributed to 23 of the first 25, originally published, Nancy Drew mysteries. She was one of 28 individuals who helped produce the Syndicate's Nancy Drew mystery books from 1929 to 1984. Edward Stratemeyer hired Mildred Benson in 1926 to assist in expanding his roughly-drafted stories with Syndicate directed, juvenile text in order to satisfy increasing demand for his series books.

Benson's favorite Nancy Drew story was The Hidden Staircase, the second mystery in the series. Benson also wrote many other series, including the Penny Parker books, which were published under her own name.
 
Series
Ruth Fielding Clearing Her NameRuth Fielding and Her DoubleRuth Fielding and Her Great ScenarioRuth Fielding at Cameron Hall
Ruth Fielding in Talking PicturesRuth Fielding and Baby JuneRuth Fielding and Her Greatest TriumphRuth Fielding and Her Crowning Victory
 
The Secret of the Old ClockThe Hidden StaircaseThe Bungalow MysteryThe Mystery at Lilac Inn
The Secret at Shadow RanchThe Secret of Red Gate FarmThe Clue in the DiaryThe Clue of the Broken Locket
The Message in the Hollow OakThe Mystery of the Ivory CharmThe Whispering StatueThe Haunted Bridge
The Clue of the Tapping HeelsThe Mystery of the Brass-Bound TrunkThe Mystery at the Moss-Covered MansionThe Quest of the Missing Map
The Clue in the Jewel BoxThe Secret in the Old AtticThe Clue in the Crumbling WallThe Mystery of the Tolling Bell
The Clue in the Old AlbumThe Ghost of Blackwood HallThe Clue of the Leaning ChimneyThe Secret of the Wooden Lady
The Clue of the Black KeysThe Mystery at the Ski Jump
 
Doris Force (as by Julia K Duncan)
1. Doris Force at Locked Gates (1931)
2. Doris Force at Cloudy Cove (1931)
Doris Force at Locked GatesDoris Force at Cloudy Cove
 
Madge Sterling (as by Ann Wirt)
1. The Deserted Yacht (1932)
2. The Missing Formula (1932)
3. The Secret of the Sundial (1932)
The Deserted YachtThe Missing FormulaThe Secret of the Sundial
 
The Mystery of the Swaying CurtainsThe Shadow on the DoorThe Six Fingered Glove MysteryThe Green Cameo Mystery
The Message in the Sand DunesThe Murmuring PortraitWhen the Key TurnedThe Sacred Feather
 
The Secret at the HermitageThe Circle of FootprintsThe Mystery of the Locked RoomThe Clue in the Cobweb
The Secret at the GatehouseThe Mysterious FireplaceThe Clue of the Rusty KeyThe Portrait in the Sand
The Secret in the Old WellThe Clue in the IvyThe Secret of the Jade RingMystery at the Crossroads
 
Her First Little Treasure HuntHer First Little ClubHer First Trip in a TrailerHer First Trip to a Big Fair
Her First Twin Playmates
 
Dot and Dash at the Maple Sugar CampDot and Dash at Happy HollowDot and Dash in the Pumpkin PatchDot and Dash at the Seashore
 
Tale of the Witch DollThe Vanishing HouseboatDanger at the DrawbridgeBehind the Green Door
Clue of the Silken LadderThe Secret PactThe Clock Strikes ThirteenThe Wishing Well
Ghost Beyond the GateSaboteurs on the RiverHoofbeats on the TurnpikeVoice from the Cave
Guilt of the Brass ThievesSignal in the DarkWhispering WallsSwamp Island
The Cry at Midnight
 
Flash Evans, Camera News Hawk
 
Boy Scout Explorers at Emerald ValleyBoy Scout Explorers at Treasure MountainBoy Scout Explorers at Headless Hollow
 

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