Carolyn Keene Signed Nancy Drew Mysterious Letters Book
Several collectors in the Nancy Drew Sleuths group expressed doubt as to whether the book was actually signed by Mildred Wirt Benson. The signature does not quite match other known examples. However, no one can be sure, since we all sign our names differently at different times.
The seller stated that the book was signed in person. If this is true, then the signature is real. Buyers have to make a decision and act accordingly.
What is unfortunate is that the seller reacted badly to some communication that was received from prospective buyers. I get the idea that a few people may have been rude to the seller. We know this from the rant that the seller added to the description.
CLARIFICATION for ebay ass holes who thing they know it all.
Mildred Wirt Benson was the ghost writer of this book, earning between $150.00 and $250.00 for each version written. She worked at the Toledo Blade until the day she died, while getting ill at work, she was 96 I think, she was a journalist for 58 years. She wrote a weekly column there on the elderly and gettting old. She was a cratchedy old fart, but nice once you got to know her. She signed this book in person, as Carolyne Keene, which was the pen name the books were written under for those of you that I confused, or those of you who feel the need to be know it alls who send email to pontificate on your own self worth.
Its rare to get one signed by her, under the penn name, and harder to get one signed under her real name, which I also posess, but am not selling.
I hope this clears up any misconceptions, I will include aletter of authentication with this item from myself, signed and dated.
Yikes. First off, as annoying as some people are when they ask questions, sellers should remain professional and keep their true feelings to themselves. The seller may have had reason to be angry, since I have seen some very rude comments appear in the question and answer section of past auctions. On the other hand, the seller may have overreacted, as some people do.
Regarding the seller's comments, Mildred Wirt Benson did not write Nancy's Mysterious Letter, so the seller was mistaken. Could Mildred have signed it anyway? Yes. I am pretty sure I recall reading about one time when a collector mistakenly had one of the Karig books signed by Mildred. The collector realized her mistake at some point and felt odd about it, but I do not believe Mildred was ever aware.
This auction was for a Red Gate Farm book with the Tandy dust jacket.
1st ed Nancy Drew SECRET OF THE RED BARN .unread !D/J
Incredable chance to grab an American legendI have collected Nancy Drew books for 20 years, and I have never heard that the Red Gate Farm jacket was pulled due to the cult members resembling the KKK. This is because the jacket was never pulled due to controversy. The jacket was in print for close to 20 years. The jacket art changed at the same time that Grosset and Dunlap revised the dust jackets for #1-9 and #11.
1st printing of nancy drew with dust jacket that caused an uproar and was pulled off the shelves and the artwork redone..
This book is in unread condition tight pages spine....UNOPENED
dust jacket is hangin' in there but needs a good home.
Original owners name printed on inside
Please ask any questions as i'm a carpenter and don't know that much about books.*^_^*
I wondered where the seller got that information, and soon into the auction, the seller posted a response to a question. In that response, the seller stated that the information came from the seller's grandmother.