The Beverly Gray series is a 26 volume series that was printed from 1934 until around 1955. The series was written by Clair Blank, whose full name was Clarissa Mabel Blank Moyer. The original title of the series was the Beverly Gray College Mystery Series, and by the 1950s the title of the series was shortened to the Beverly Gray Mystery Stories and sometimes the Beverly Gray Series.
The series was originally published by the A.L. Burt Company, and the Burt printings are rather difficult to acquire, especially in dust jacket. Volumes 1 through 8 were published by A.L. Burt. Grosset and Dunlap began publishing the series beginning with
Beverly Gray on a Treasure Hunt. One A.L. Burt title, volume 6,
Beverly Gray at the World's Fair, went out of print when the series went to Grosset and Dunlap, because it was thought that the World's Fair setting dated the volume too greatly. As a result,
Beverly Gray on a World Cruise became volume 6 in the series, and it was as though
Beverly Gray at the World's Fair had never existed.
The omission of
Beverly Gray at the World's Fair from the Grosset and Dunlap catalog is regrettable, because it made World's Fair a very scarce book. The events that occur during World's Fair are crucial to the series and should never have been omitted from the series. Clair Blank even tried to get Grosset and Dunlap to either reprint the title or allow her to write another volume to put in its place. Clair Blank knew that the missing volume left quite a gap in the series, but Grosset and Dunlap would not listen. Fortunately,
Beverly Gray at the World's Fair has been reprinted by American Web Books in the last few years, so getting a copy of the story is not as impossible at it once was.
The Beverly Gray series is a series which should best be read in order. The series is like a soap opera with exciting events occurring constantly, and Beverly's adventures flow from one volume into the next. The Beverly Gray series is one of my favorite series, second only to Nancy Drew. This series appeals to my sense of adventure, even more than the Nancy Drew series does.
List of titles in the Beverly Gray series:
Beverly Gray, Freshman, 1934
Beverly Gray, Sophomore, 1934
Beverly Gray, Junior, 1934
Beverly Gray, Senior, 1934
Beverly Gray's Career, 1935
Beverly Gray at the World's Fair, 1935
Beverly Gray on a World Cruise, 1936
Beverly Gray in the Orient, 1937
Beverly Gray on a Treasure Hunt, 1938
Beverly Gray's Return, 1939
Beverly Gray, Reporter, 1940
Beverly Gray's Romance, 1941
Beverly Gray's Quest, 1942
Beverly Gray's Problem, 1943
Beverly Gray's Adventure, 1944
Beverly Gray's Challenge, 1945
Beverly Gray's Journey, 1946
Beverly Gray's Assignment, 1947
Beverly Gray's Mystery, 1948
Beverly Gray's Vacation, 1949
Beverly Gray's Fortune, 1950
Beverly Gray's Secret, 1951
Beverly Gray's Island Mystery, 1952
Beverly Gray's Discovery, 1953
Beverly Gray's Scoop, 1954
Beverly Gray's Surprise, 1955
Volumes 1 through 8, meaning Freshman through Orient, were originally published by the A.L. Burt Company. These books are 8 1/8 inches high and about 1 1/3 inches thick. The books have a glossy frontispiece illustration, which features the same illustration as the front panel of the dust jacket.
Volume 6 went out of print when the series changed to Grosset and Dunlap, so the original volumes 7 and 8 became volumes 6 and 7. The earliest Grosset and Dunlap printings are slightly more than 8 inches high and are about 1 1/3 inches thick, thus about the same size as the A.L. Burt books. At least volumes 1 through 11 were printed in this tall, thick format by Grosset and Dunlap. The early Grosset and Dunlap books up through volume 9 have glossy frontispiece illustrations that are the same illustrations as the front panel of the dust jackets. By volume 11, the series had switched to plain paper frontispiece illustrations that depict a different illustration than the dust jacket.
The books became less thick through the early 1940s and by 1950 had changed to the tweed format like the other Grosset and Dunlap series books of that era. Volume 24 was the last title that was issued in dust jacket. Volume 25 was only printed in picture cover under the Clover Books division of Grosset and Dunlap. Volumes 16 through 24 were also printed by Clover Books.
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September 13, 2007
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