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Behind the Green Door

Mildred A. Wirt (Benson)

"While the car threaded its way in and out of dense traffic, the editor remained in a deep study. Penny had never seen him look so worried. Her own disappointment was keen, yet she realized that far more than a vacation trip was at stake. Fifty thousand dollars represented a large sum of money! If Maxwell won his suit it might even mean the loss of the Riverview Star."

Behind the Green Door is the fourth in the seventeen-book Penny Parker Mystery Stories, written by Mildred A. Wirt. This title was copyrighted in 1940 by Cupples & Leon Company, an early publisher of series fiction for boys and girls. Like Nancy Drew (many of whose books were written by Mildred A. Wirt under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene), Penny Parker had a natural talent for stumbling into mysteries and a fearless determination to solve them. In this adventure her winter vacation to a ski resort puts her in hot pursuit of a big scoop for her father’s newspaper.

Mildred A. Wirt (Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson, 1905-2002) didn’t get to see her name on most of the scores of youth series books she wrote during her long life and career. With the Penny Parker series she was able to use her own name and she often said that this was her favorite series. Penny is even more irrepressible than Nancy Drew, probably because the Penny Parker series was not under control of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. The famous Stratemeyer Syndicate produced many of the popular youth series in the early twentieth century and insisted on pseudonyms for the authors of their books, enforced by strict legal contracts of secrecy with their faceless authors. However, Benson is now established as the author of 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mysteries and was largely responsible for developing Nancy’s persona, one of a confident, independent, fearless girl, a personality that was also typical of her other series characters. She wrote all or some of the following series: Nancy Drew, Kay Tracey, Penny Parker, Dana Girls, Penny Nichols, Ruth Darrow, Madge Sterling, Ruth Fielding, and Dan Carter, among others, including non-series titles. In all she contributed to over a dozen series and wrote over 130 titles.

Book publisher: New York: Cupples and Leon Company
Book copyright: 1940
Book edition: First Edition, First or early Printing
Pages: 211
Size: 5″ x 7-1/2″
Dust jacket: No
Illustrations: frontispiece
Back matter: none
Digital edition © 2009, 2021 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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