Benson declined series work when the Depression forced a reduction in the contract fee provided to Stratemeyer Syndicate writers, so Karig, already an established Stratemeyer writer, took over the authorship. Nancy's Mysterious Letter is the eighth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. Tandy updated this illustration to pen and ink on plain paper with 1940's hairstyles in 1943. The teen sleuth is lured into the wash room by a young woman who tells Nancy someone is sick. Nancy is depicted chasing Edgar at the football stadium, with a glossy frontispiece of Nancy at the postal inspector's office and three glossy internal illustrations included in the original imprint. The Clue in the Diary Grosset & Dunlap The Syndicate then assigned ghostwriter Walter Karig to write the series. A 1973 Collins edition shows Nancy and another man at night, about to be struck by an oncoming automobile. In 1950, Bill Gillies introduced cover art featuring a close-up of Nancy outdoors, with snow on the ground, examining a letter with a rather shocked expression on her face. Carolyn Keene (pseudonym) Packager Book (hardcover) Nancy is summoned by postal authorities, who accuse her of being involved in the theft, which threatens the postman's pension and career. Forced to breathe the anesthetic, Nancy faints into the woman's arms. 1968 ← Previous The revised edition is largely condensed, but is the same story. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. 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Nancy has no middle name or initial and she searches for her namesake. Chronology The book was originally released in 1932 by Grosset & Dunlap, and revised in 1968. Nancy's Mysterious Letter is the eighth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. Nancy is depicted chasing Edgar at the football stadium, with a glossy frontispiece of Nancy at the postal inspector and three glossy internal illustrations included in the original imprint. The book was originally released in 1932 by Grosset & Dunlap, and revised in 1968. Media type The details involving the football game are modernized and abridged, to reduce this story element. The revised text marks the chronological introduction of Aunt Eloise (though she had first been mentioned in the original text of. Nancy saves the day for Miss Drew, and helps her avoid marriage to a crook: the dodgy Edgar Dixon, who is presumed to have drowned while attempting to escape. Due to Karig having died in 1956, the 1932 version passed into the public domain in Canada and other countries that have a life plus 50 policy, in 2007. Wirt would later return to write for the series with The Clue of the Broken Locket. The original text is notably the only story where the culprit gets away; Edgar Dixon is presumed to have drowned. The 1968 artwork remains unchanged in current imprints. The revised edition is largely condensed, but employs the same plot. Revision Subplots involving early snowfall adding days to the Emerson trip, and Nancy's success at a hotel costume event, are eliminated. The primary suspect becomes Edgar Dixon, the half brother of her mail carrier, a flashy man in a yellow coat. , Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nancy%27s_Mysterious_Letter&oldid=864240201, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 October 2018, at 00:39. First published Nancy still goes to Emerson, but her companion in the original version, who was Helen Corning, is changed to a new acquaintance. Outline by While she investigates during an unexpected layover, she and Ned discover a lonely-hearts mail racket where money is solicited for introduction services. Stratemeyer Syndicate An uncredited illustrator provided a frontispiece and five plain paper internal drawings featuring rare glimpses of the interior of the Drew home. Nancy tries to make contact with Nancy S. Drew, and while she investigates during an unexpected layover, she and Mr. Nickerson discover a lonely hearts mail racket, with money being sent for introduction services! Strangely, the letters are re-posted later. Strangely, the letters are re-posted later. Nancy's Mysterious Letter is the eighth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. Ira and Edgar Dixon become Ira and Edgar Nixon, and the action speeds up. Mrs. Skeets provides a clue, as does George Fayne, and Nancy discovers her counterpart is visiting faculty at Emerson. Since Walter Karig died in 1956, Canadian copyright laws forced the original text to go into the public domain in Canada since January 1, 2007. Nancy also is waylaid at the airport after determining to go there to find her namesake. Publisher Postman Ira Dixon, nearing retirement, is invited inside, and leaves his mailbag in the vestibule, where it is stolen. This art was retained on all covers, including direct printed picture cover stock, until the 1968 text was introduced. It was first published in 1932 and was penned by Walter Karig, a replacement writer for Mildred Wirt Benson.