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In To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee refers to Oliver Optic Edgar Rice Burroughs and Victor Appleton as three authors whose works were enjoyed by Scout Jem and Dill These 19th and 20th century authors had similar writing styles and plot formulations Adventure stories which were the genre of the tales written by these particular authors were extremely appealing to the young children in Harper Lees novel Scout and her friends wove detailed imaginary dramas portraying characters discovered in these works The most popular works which were also mentioned in the book were Tarzan The Rover Boys Tom Swift and The Gray Ghost Not only were they popular with fictional Jem Dill and Scout but they swept the country and were popular with all children during that time periodVictor Appleton was the pen name of Edward Stratemeyer He wrote numerous fictional series for young children although rarely using his real name The Rover Boys 1899-1916 was his best selling series although it was followed up with many more which were equally liked The Rover Boys was based on tales of preparatory school and college life These works were so popular that Stratemeyer continued the series with a follow up one on the lives of the original characters children Other series included Tom Swift 1910 The Peripatetic Motor Boys 1906 The Bobsey Twin series although written under the pseudonym Laura E Hope After creating at least 150 full-length hardbound novels he opened the Stratemeyer Syndicate established in 1914 which completed works that Stratemeyer outlined and edited Oliver Optic was the pseudonym of WT Adams a Boston author and schoolteacher In 1965 he left his teaching job and began writing novels full time and editing a magazine called Oliver Optics magazine for Boys and Girls 1867-1875 His Juvenile books and magazines were said to compare the works of another famous author at that time Horatio Alger Both of their Characters were ambitious young boys who struggled to
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