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Stratemeyer, Edward (04 October 1862–10 May 1930), writer, creator of popular juvenile series, and founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of German immigrants Henry Julius Stratemeyer, a tobacconist, and Anna Siegal. The youngest of six children, Stratemeyer worked in his brother’s tobacco store after completing high school. Even as an adolescent, Stratemeyer experimented with writing and distributing stories; a 31-page pamphlet, “The Tale of a Lumberman (as Told by Himself),” from 1878 is the earliest example of his amateur printing efforts. Five years later he published an amateur—and short-lived—boy’s story paper, ...