Mildred Wirt Benson is an Iowa girl who wrote 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. She wrote these titles. If you want to know more about Benson check out this episode of my podcast.
Episode 13 – Barbara Lounsberry Talks Nancy Drew
Join us for a very special Trundlebed Tales episode where we talk Nancy Drew and her author Mildred Wirt Benson.
Nancy Drew books written by Mildred Wirt Benson
- The Secret of the Old Clock
- The Hidden Staircase
- The Bungalow Mystery
- The Mystery at Lilac Inn
- The Secret at Shadow Ranch
- The Secret of Red Gate Farm
- The Clue in the Diary
- The Clue of the Broken Locket
- The Message in the Hollow Oak
- The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
- The Whispering Statue
- The Haunted Bridge
- The Clue of the Tapping Heels
- The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
- The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
- The Quest of the Missing Map
- The Clue in the Jewel Box
- The Secret in the Old Attic
- The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
- The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
- The Clue in the Old Album
- The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
- The Clue of the Velvet Mask
Difference in Books
These are the original titles from 1920s. They were heavily edited in the 1960s which are the ones with the full color cover and a yellow spine. Things changed was the description of her car, her age to make sure she was legal to drive everywhere, took out some of the descriptions that firmly set Nancy in the Midwest – specifically Iowa although they never specifically said, and took out what were frankly very sterotypical racial characters. Reprints of the original titles a were printed by Applewood Books and can be found for sale, but not directly through the publisher.
UPDATED May 16, 2019: I added the photo of me in my shirt, a link to the Nancy Drew episode of my podcast, italicized the titles, added the Difference in Books section, and added my current signature block.
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