"He hated the Hardy Boys."
September 20, 2010 12:31 PM Subscribe
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Gene Weingarten on the the most widely-read author you've probably never heard of: Leslie McFarlane, a.k.a. "Franklin W. Dixon," was the man behind the Hardy Boys.
McFarlane wrote 19 of the first 25 Hardy Boys books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate
, earning a flat fee of between $85 and $125 each, under a contract that required him to relinquish all copyright and never divulge his authorship of the books.
- The Tower Treasure (1927) 2,209,774 copies sold
- The House on the Cliff (1927) 1,712,433 copies sold
- The Secret of the Old Mill (1927) 1,467,645 copies sold
- The Missing Chums (1928) 1,189,973 copies sold
- Hunting for Hidden Gold (1928) 1,179,533 copies sold
- The Shore Road Mystery (1928)
- The Secret of the Caves (1929)
- The Mystery of Cabin Island (1929)
- The Great Airport Mystery (1930)
- What Happened at Midnight (1931)
- While the Clock Ticked (1932)
- Footprints under the Window (1933)
- The Mark on the Door (1934)
- The Hidden Harbor Mystery (1935)
- The Sinister Signpost (1936)
- A Figure in Hiding (1937)
- The Flickering Torch Mystery (1943)
- The Melted Coins (1944)
- The Short-Wave Mystery (1945)
- The Secret Panel (1946)
- The Phantom Freighter (1947)
McFarlane's wife Amy may have written volume 26, The Phantom Freighter
, in 1947, although this claim is disputed.
In 1976 McFarlane wrote an autobiography, The Ghost of the Hardy Boys
. It is currently out of print.