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Prentiss Riddle

Some time within the past month the New Yorker did a piece on the creator of the Hardy Boys as well as Nancy Drew and many other series, Edward Stratemeyer. He changed children's literature away from the instructive to the exciting, but his bigger innovations had to do with mass production and mass marketing. He hired stables of writers who worked to his specifications under pen names that he owned, so he could crank out whole series at a time, flood the bookshelves, and kill or extend the series freely according to what sold well. And he pioneered the cheap hardback, more respectable and more expensive than the pulps but still within the reach of kids' allowance.

If I find the mag I'll send it to you (that particular article isn't in the online edition).

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