Typewriters and a desk from the home of an author who brought a young sleuth named Nancy Drew to life are going up for auction.
Keepsakes including autographed posters and a writing award belonging to Mildred Wirt Benson are to be sold at an auction Sunday in Toledo, where she was a newspaper reporter and columnist for nearly 60 years before her death a decade ago.
Benson wrote more than 130 books, including the 1940s Penny Parker mystery series, but is best known for the Nancy Drew books, which inspired and captivated generations of girls.
She wrote 23 of the 30 original Nancy Drew stories under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Paid $125 per book, she never collected any royalties.