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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.


Doris Force (as by Julia K Duncan)
1. Doris Force at Locked Gates (1931)
2. Doris Force at Cloudy Cove (1931)
Madge Sterling (as by Ann Wirt)
1. The Deserted Yacht (1932)
2. The Missing Formula (1932)
3. The Secret of the Sundial (1932)






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