Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Happy birthday, Mildred Wirt Benson.

Mildred Wirt Benson, the staggeringly productive author of the first seven and other Nancy Drew books, several Dana Girls novels, the Penny Parker mysteries, and many other books, was born today in 1905. She died in 2002.

Benson was the first female graduate of the University of Iowa's School of Journalism, held a private pilot's license, and was a columnist for the Toledo Blade. She noted in a 1973 article for Books at Iowa that in her most industrious year, she "turned out thirteen full-length volumes under various pen names, writing the entire list of new books for one publisher." She also said, "...it seems to me that Nancy [Drew] was popular, and remains so, primarily because she personifies the dream image which exists within most teen-agers."

Many of the original Nancy Drew books with the original cover art are available from Applewood Books.

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