Thursday, April 02, 2015

Nancy Drew's 85th Spotlight #16

Carolyn Keene was also a man--briefly--Navy man Walter Karig was one of three men who ghosted the classic first 56 hardcover Nancy Drews from 1930 to 1979. Karig ghosted three of the Nancy Drew books during the early 1930s.

Karig ghosted original twenty-five-chapter versions of books 8 Nancy's Mysterious Letter, 9 The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and 10 The Password to Larkspur Lane.

In these volumes, there was more attention paid to Nancy's roadster and how she skillfully drove it--very descriptive and interestingly there was also more attention paid to her clothing and shopping than in ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson's Nancy Drew books that she wrote for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Villains were also more comic and bumbling at times in Karig's books such as the portrayal of villain Frank Semitt in Twisted Candles.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Those are my three favorite Nancy Drew books. I had no idea they were written by a man, let alone by whom. Very cool post today.

Amanda said...

Those are my three favorite Nancy Drew books. I had no idea they were written by a man, let alone by whom. Very cool post today.