Welcome to the "Around the World with Nancy Drew" web page, an unofficial site that seeks to inform Nancy Drew fans and collectors about the international aspects of our favorite girl sleuth's adventures. Not only does Nancy circle the globe in search of clues, but her stories have also been translated into a variety of languages. Author Carolyn Keene must have been quite a linguist! I list below the foreign countries where I have found evidence of Nancy Drew stories being released in the local language. As Karen Plunkett-Powell explains in her 1993 book The Nancy Drew Scrapbook (copyright © 1993, St. Martins' Press):

Through the decades, numerous magazine articles have reported that Nancy Drew Mystery stories were translated into fourteen languages; others cited numbers as high as twenty-five. Because the foreign publishing market ebbs and flows, there are no accurate statistics of exactly how many different countries have licensed and translated the Nancy Drew mysteries since the 1930s.

This has made my task a little confusing, at best. So far I have found evidence of translations into 26 languages (27 if you count the Queen's English as a foreign tongue). Do you know of any I have missed? Please let me know!

There are two corollary pages to this site which I hope you can also visit. First there is an overview of the international sites where Nancy's mysteries have taken place. Nancy has also been many places within the U.S.A. - has she visited your state yet? Much to my dismay, I must report that, to my knowledge, Nancy has only visited 6 out of the 7 continents; while the Hardy Boys have made it to Antarctica, this is still on Nan's "Need To Visit" list. Someday I hope to have a scrapbook showing some of the sites Nancy has seen on her trips, as well as some pages from her passport.

FOREIGN EDITION NANCYS

Nancy often undergoes a personality change when the publishers abroad set to market her to the international pre-pubescent set. Some examples of Nancy's new names are Alice Roy in France, Kitty Drew in Sweden and Paula Drew in Finland. Please click on the flags below to begin your journey around the publishing world, and discover and the titles I have been able to identify from the various countries.

I have started a blog to easily post the newest foreign edition Nancy Drew covers  as they are released.  Check out the Around the World with Nancy Drew blog!

Argentina

Japan

Australia

Korea

Brazil 

Lithuania

China

Malaysia

Czech Republic 

Mexico

Denmark

Netherlands

Estonia 

Norway

Finland

Poland

France

Portugal 

Germany

Russia

 Greece  Saudi Arabia

Hungary

Spain

Iceland

Sweden

 Indonesia 

Taiwan

 Israel 

Thailand 

 Italy

Turkey 

U.K.

On the subsequent pages I have tried to present a consistent outline of the information, which sometimes is easier said than done. As you click on the pages below, you will see that I have divided my research by the various publishers from each country. To the right I have scanned an example of the foreign edition (when I had one available) for your viewing pleasure. I think it's really fun to see how others around the globe perceive and represent Nancy.

Lastly I list all the foreign titles I have been able to find, in a grid. Sometimes the source I used would also list the original American title in the record, but oftentimes I was reduced to looking up the words from the foreign title in the dictionary, and then making an educated guess when matching the garbled translation to a familiar U.S. title. Needless to say, I am sure I made lots of mistakes, and I would greatly appreciate any help in correcting these - let me know if you spot any on the following pages.

For those of you looking to expand your own international Nancy Drew collection, I have launched a page devoted to sales of these formats. Click here for complete listing!

As a collector myself, I am always interested in hearing from you regarding your international Nancy Drew collection, and welcome any offers to help expand my personal collection. I would also like to hear from others regarding omissions and errors in the information found within the site; the content is a mixture of my empirical observations as well as data accumulated from library databases around the world. This methodology is hardly exhaustive, and I definitely need the help of others with first-hand knowledge of these foreign editions to expand my expertise on the subject. I also welcome any help in regards to my very amateurish efforts of translating the titles. I look forward to hearing from other International Nancy Drew enthusiasts by email.

All graphics used in this site are images of books from my personal collection and have been created for educational purposes only, and not for commercial use.

copyright © 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 by Lea Shangraw Fox

 
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