Frank Merriwell created by Gilbert Patten under the pseudonym Burt L Standish embodied a new type of dime novel hero, one who relied as much upon mental as physical prowess. The Yale-educated Merriwell possessed "a body like Tarzan's and a head like Einstein's" and thus represented "the perfect union of brain and brawn."
His academic and athletic exploits formed the subject of many Tip Top Weekly stories, with elements of romance and humor thrown in for good measure,
No modern series of tales for boys and youths has met with anything like the cordial reception and popularity accorded to the Frank Merriwell Stories when they were first published.
Frank Merriwell, as portrayed by the author, is a jolly, whole-souled, honest, courageous American lad, who appeals to the hearts of the boys. He has no bad habits, and his manliness inculcates the idea that it is not necessary for a boy to indulge in petty vices to be a hero. Frank Merriwell's example is a shining light for every ambitious lad to follow.
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