New Vs Vintage Hardy Boys And Nancy Drew Books

Written by Kevin Little
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Do you know the difference between new vs vintage Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books? The similarities between the histories of the two series are striking. This should perhaps be less than surprising, as both series were created by the same man.

Though he didn't write a word of any of the books, Edward Stratemeyer came up with the ideas that spawned the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. First published within three years of each other (Hardy Boys in 1927, Nancy Drew in 1930), the two series were initially published by Grosset and Dunlap. Both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew had a productive run with Grosset and Dunlap, the relationship spanning fifty-eight volumes of Hardy Boys mysteries and fifty-six volumes of Nancy Drew books.

The Difference Between New Vs Vintage Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Books

The vintage books refer to to the first copy rights between 1929-1959. Both Nancy Drew #1-35 and Hardy Boys #1-40 were updated slightly in 1960 and have not been changed since. Vintage Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books have not existed for 44 years, and can not be bought new. Even finding used copies is near impossible these days. But for each series, there is another chapter--the "new" books.

When the rights to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew were bought by Simon and Schuster in the 1980s, each series underwent a transformation. The Hardy Boys became "The Hardy Boys Casefiles," while Nancy Drew became "The Nancy Drew Files," each series being aimed at older readers more so than the originals. While both series have been successful, with over one-hundred published volumes for each, they don't hold the same moral values held by the vintage versions. The newer versions are also produced more frequently (once a month) as opposed to the vintage books which came out once a year.

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