The Hardy Boys

Working my way through the A’s in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction last night before going to bed, I came across an entry for Harriet Adams which took me by surprise. She was the editor of a publishing syndicate beginning in the 1930s. Quoting from the Encyclopedia, here’s what surprised me:

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.

I read several of the Hardy Boys mysteries when I was a kid, and until I read that passage last night, I would never have guessed that Dixon was a house name and that those books were written by a woman. (And that she also wrote the Nancy Drew books.)

Is this fairly common knowledge?

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.