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Howard R. Garis

Howard R. Garis Biography

Howard R. Garis – American Author 1873-1962 Howard R. Garis was about as prolific a writer of series books as Edward Stratemeyer. Howard Garis was bom in Binghamton, New York, in 1873; he died in 1962. He began his writing career as a reporter for newspapers. By 1908 he was working for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. …

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Tom Swift Book Series (1910-1935) Collector’s Guide

Tom Swift is one of Edward Stratemeyer’s most famous inventions. The series lasted essentially from 1910 until the mid-1990s, rivaling the Bobbsey Twins for longevity. There are five distinct sets of Tom Swift books. Tom Swift of the first series (1910 to 1941) was a teenage boy who had a tremendous knowledge of scientif­ic development …

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Betsy Lewin

Betsy Lewin Biography

Betsy Lewin – American Author & Illustrator 1937- Betsy Lewin’s love of drawing emanates, she contends, from a childhood filled with books and reading. Her mother, a kindergarten teacher, read regularly from storybooks filled with pictures by Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, E. H. Shepard, and Beatrix Pot­ter, and Lewin was soon covering paper bags, napkins, …

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Blair Lent

Blair Lent Biography

Blair Lent – American Author & Illustrator 1930-2009 Self-described as “fat and clumsy at sports,” Blair Lent, an only child in a family of limited means, grew up in an affluent suburb of Boston. He felt himself an outsider in a town where, he has stated, “money, appearance, and athletic prowess were considered one’s most …

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