Mildred Wirt Benson (Mildred Augustine)

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Ladora, Iowa, USA
To many collectors and fans of series books and children's literature, Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson was known as Carolyn Keene, Frances Judd, Dorothy West, Helen Louise Thorndyke, among other pseudonyms. Writing under various pen names as well as her own name, she penned over 130 books for children, numerous short stories plus thousands of newspaper stories and columns. Known most famously for being the original Carolyn Keene, author of 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mystery stories, Mildred's legacy reaches beyond Nancy Drew to a most fascinating woman, life, and career. Read more...