dime novel

What is dime novel?

dime novel meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A melodramatic fictional narrative of adventure, romance, and action published in inexpensive paperback edition in the United States during the second half of the 19th century, sold mainly at newsstands for 10 to 25 cents a copy. The term originated with the Dime Novel Library introduced in 1860 by Beadle and Adams of New York. Hundreds of thousands of titles, written according to formula, were issued before this pulp fiction genre waned in the early 20th century. Among of the most popular was Buffalo Bill, King of the Border Men (1869) by E.Z.C. Judson, writing under the pseudonym Ned Buntline. His other works included Bigfoot Wallace, the Giant Hero of the Border (1891) and The Red Warrior, or, Stella DeLorme’s Comanche Lover: A Romance of Savage Chivalry (1869). The influence of the dime novel on popular culture is studied by literary historians. For online exhibitions, try Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls (Stanford University Libraires), the Dime Novel Cover Art Gallery (Syracuse University Library), and Dime Novels at the Library of Congress. Compare with penny dreadful and yellowback.


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