|Title:||The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew Mystery #2)|
|Publisher:||Grosset & Dunlap|
|Tags:||amateur detective, detective, fiction, mystery, female detectives, Nancy Drew (Fictional character)|
THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (Original Text - revised in 1959)
To me, this book is more exciting than the volume that introduced Nancy Drew, girl detective. The mysterious stone mansion with its many secret staircases and passageways, the frightened elderly twin sisters, and the strange thefts make for exciting reading. Carson Drew’s kidnapping at the hands of miserly, Nathan Gombet, and Gombet’s cruel servant, “the slovenly unnamed negress,” bring new meanings to the words “thrilling adventure.” Nancy looks appropriately inquisitive and beautiful in a 1930s style on this dustjacket cover art. The revised story, with a completely different plot, is also very good, but it doesn’t effectively compare to the original story.—William Land. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Benson, Mildred A. Wirt
The most famous writer who worked on the Girls’ Books Series was Mildred A. Wirt Benson. She was bom Mildred Augustine in Ladora, Iowa, in 1905. She met Edward Stratemeyer in New York in 1925 and began working for his syndicate as a writer who fleshed out his plot outlines for juvenile mystery stories. In 1929, she began to write Stratemeyer’s Nancy Drew Mystery Stories for a reported S125.00 per book. In 1950, three years after her husband Asa Wirt died, she married George Benson, the editor of The Toledo Times, from which point her professional career was focused on newspaper writing.
Mrs. Benson reportedly gained her first series book writing experience with Volumes 23 to 30 of the Ruth Fielding Series. She wrote twenty-three of the Nancy Drew books and several Dana Girls and Kay Tracey books, all for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Under her own name, she wrote many other series, such as the Brownie Scouts. Penny Nichols, Penny Parker, and the most unusual to carry the by-line of a woman writer, the six Dan Carter Cub Scouts books for boys.
—All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books. John Axe, 2002.
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