Nancy Drew is the heroine in the juvenile mystery fiction series created by Edward Stratemeyer and his Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1930.
The books have been ghostwritten by a number of authors and are published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Mildred Wirt Benson was the author of many early titles. Walter Karig authored several of the most popular titles. Harriet Stratemeyer Adams wrote many of the later canonical tales.
Nancy is just as popular as ever. Grosset & Dunlap continues to publish the first 56 volumes and sales show no sign of slowing down. First printings of the early titles are highly prized and sought by collectors.
Nancy Drew has been featured in several films, two television shows, a number of popular computer games and in a variety of merchandise and collectibles.
The pseudonym Carolyn Keene was also used for the Dana Girls Mystery series (1934-1968).
Nancy is 18 years old (16 in the early original texts) and is the daughter of famous attorney, Carson Drew.
Nancy's mother died when Nancy was only 3 (10 in the early original texts).
Hannah Gruen, a servant in the early original texts, became a mother figure to Nancy in the later stories and revisions.
This ménage lives in the fictional midwestern city of River Heights.
Nancy's particular chum is the early adventures is Helen Corning. Helen was replaced by the timid, perpetually hungry Bess Marvin and tomboy George Fayne, who are cousins. This pair accompanies Nancy in all her adventures.
Nancy's boyfriend is Ned Nickerson, while Bess and George date, respectively, Dave Evans and Burt Eddelton. Ned, Dave, and Burt attend Emerson college and are always handy to help out Nancy and her chums in the course of their mystery solving.
In the early stories Nancy drives a blue (usually) roadster, which in later volumes becomes a blue convertible.
Site MapThe Original Series page has information on the first 56 books published by Grosset & Dunlap, including publishing information, cover art, author & artist information and plot summaries.
The Paperbacks page has information on the many paperback series published by Simon & Schuster, including publishing information, cover art, author & artist information and plot summaries.
The Other Media page has information on Nancy Drew in the movies and on TV, information about the board and video games and other collectibles.
The News page brings you up-to-date information on the latest Nancy Drew books and games releases.
The For Sale page lists all the Nancy Drew books and games for sale from Amazon.com.
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