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Book Title: The Quest of the Missing Map|
The author of the book: Carolyn Keene
Edition: Applewood Books
Date of issue: November 5th 2004
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.1
ISBN 13: 9781557092656
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Well, I've read 19 of the Nancy Drew books - in order. It's interesting to see the progression from the 1930s and now into the 40s. I am beginning to pick out which Carolyn Keene was writing. I believe this was a new person writing. Although I did a bit of research and Mildred Wirth is credited for writing this one too. Her style definitely changed. Nancy is no longer a titan haired girl, but a strawberry blonde. Finally, she's in school. It really bothered me that Nancy and her girlfriends didn't seem to do anything except wait for the next mystery to fall in their laps. In this book, the author makes reference a couple of times to Nancy's art school. It's an appropriate choice for a young lady whose father has money and she's just waiting for Ned to graduate from Emerson so they can get married. Marriage is never mentioned, but it's definitely implied. This is also the first book that Ned gets romantic with Nancy. There is a reference to them *gasp* kissing. Ned also gets a little peevish and tells Nancy at the end of the book that he basically wants her attention. Go Ned!
This story actually had me a bit worried about the characters. The plot seemed much more menacing than previous ones and we see Nancy tied up in an abandoned building. There seems to be the potential for death.
Putting this book in historical context - WW II is looming. I get the impression that the book was probably written in 1940 and published early in '41. It will be interesting to see if subsequent books make any mention to the war or if Nancy and her friends just ignore it. It appears that world events don't apply to this sereies. The Great Depression, soup lines and unemployment don't bother Nancy -she's driving around in a brand new convertible. It does appear that the war does have some bearing on the publishing. Early on, there were several Nancy Drew books published each year, In 1930 there were 4; in 1931 there were 2, but by 1940 there was just one book a year. Well, it's off to find book #20. There are only 34 books that were written between 1930 and 1956. These are the original 25 chapter texts. So I'm nearing the end of the first segment of the series.
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Read information about the authorCarolyn Keene is a writer pen name that was used by many different people- both men and women- over the years. The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series, the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers. For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene to assure anonymity of the creator.
Edna and Harriet Stratemeyer inherited the company from their father Edward Stratemeyer. Edna contributed 10 plot outlines before passing the reins to her sister Harriet. It was Mildred Benson (aka: Mildred A. Wirt), who breathed such a feisty spirit into Nancy's character. Mildred wrote 23 of the original 30 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories®, including the first three. It was her characterization that helped make Nancy an instant hit. The Stratemeyer Syndicate's devotion to the series over the years under the reins of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams helped to keep the series alive and on store shelves for each succeeding generation of girls and boys. In 1959, Harriet, along with several writers, began a 25-year project to revise the earlier Carolyn Keene novels. The Nancy Drew books were condensed, racial stereotypes were removed, and the language was updated. In a few cases, outdated plots were completely rewritten.
Other writers of Nancy Drew volumes include Harriet herself, she wrote most of the series after Mildred quit writing for the Syndicate and in 1959 began a revision of the first 34 texts. The role of the writer of "Carolyn Keene" passed temporarily to Walter Karig who wrote three novels during the Great Depression. Also contributing to Nancy Drew's prolific existence were Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Nancy Axelrod, Priscilla Doll, Charles Strong, Alma Sasse, Wilhelmina Rankin, George Waller Jr., and Margaret Scherf.
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