|LC control no.||n 94006620
|Personal name heading||Wirt, Mildred A. (Mildred Augustine), 1905-2002
|Variant(s)||Wirt, Mildred Augustine, 1905-2002
Benson, Mildred Wirt, 1905-2002
Augustine, Mildred, 1905-2002
Benson, Millie, 1905-2002
Wirt Benson, Mildred, 1905-2002
|See also||For works of this author written under other names, search also under Wirt, Ann, 1905-2002; Clark, Joan, 1905-2002; West, Dorothy, 1905-2002. For works written in collaboration with the Stratemeyer Syndicate and W. Bert Foster, search also under Emerson, Alice B.; Keene, Carolyn; Thorndyke, Helen Louise; Judd, Frances K.; Duncan, Julia K.
Thorndyke, Helen Louise
Wirt, Ann, 1905-2002
Emerson, Alice B.
Judd, Frances K.
Clark, Joan, 1905-2002
West, Dorothy, 1905-2002
Duncan, Julia K.
|Associated country||United States
|Place of birth||Ladora (Iowa)
|Place of death||Toledo (Ohio)
|Field of activity||Children's stories Ghostwriting
|Profession or occupation||Authors Ghostwriters
|Found in||LC data base, 01-25-94 (AACR 2 hdg.: Wirt, Mildred A. (Mildred Augustine), 1905- ; usage: Mildred A. Wirt) LC manual cat. (hdg.: Wirt, Mildred (Augustine) 1905- ; usage: Mildred A. Wirt)
Caprio, B. The mystery of Nancy Drew, 1992: p. xi (Mildred Wirt Benson) p. 17 (Mildred Augustine Wirt who ghosted for Stratemeyer Syndicate under several pseudonyms and also had many juvenile titles published under her own name) p. 21 (mystery has clouded much of the "Nancy Drew" authorship as the Stratemeyer Syndicate demanded pledges of secrecy from its ghost writers) p. 173 (Mildred A. Wirt wrote 26 of the Nancy Drews in the 1930's and 40's)
Info. from IaU (maiden name used on IaU thesis: Mildred Augustine; pseuds used: Frank Bell [no publs. in LC], Joan Clark [no publs. in LC], Don Palmer [no publs. in LC], Dorothy West [no publs. in LC]; pseuds. used belonging to the Stratemeyer Syndicate: Carolyn Keene, Julia K. Duncan [no publs. in LC], Alice B. Emerson [no publs. in LC], Frances K. Judd [no publs. in LC], Helen Louise Thorndyke [no publs. in LC])
Gale literary databases, Jan. 7, 1999 (Mildred (Augustine Wirt) Benson, 1905- ; author of the Madge Sterling series under pseudonym, Ann Wirt)
Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill mystery, c1939: t.p. (Joan Clark)
Cont. auth., v. 134 (Benson, Mildred (Augustine Wirt) 1905- ; "Penny Nichols mystery stories" under pseud. Joan Clark)
Washington Post, May 30, 2002 (Mildred Wirt Benson, creator of Nancy Drew, d. May 29, 2002, Toledo, Ohio, of heart attack, age 96; known as Millie Benson; married twice: Asa Wirt (d. 1947) and George Benson (d. 1959))
The Dot and Dash series by Mildred A. Wirt (as Dorothy West), via WWW, Mar. 14, 2007 (The five volume Dot and Dash series was written by Mildred A. Wirt Benson under the pseudonym of Dorothy West)
Wikipedia, Mar. 14, 2007 (Mildred Benson; Mildred Wirt Benson (b. July 10, 1905, d. May 28, 2002); b. Mildred Augustine; pen name Carolyn Keene; Mildred Wirt)
Mildred Wirt Benson website, April 28, 2016: home page (Mildred Wirt Benson; Nancy Drew's first ghostwriter; Mildred is known most famously as the first Carolyn Keene, ghost name for the popular Nancy Drew series, created by Edward Stratemeyer) All about Millie (born on July 10, 1905 in the rural Iowa town of Ladora to Doctor J.L. Augustine and Lillian Matteson Augustine; married George Benson in 1950; died on May 28, 2002)