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  Welcome to Dime Novels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Both genres flourished from the middle to the close of the 19th century in America and England (where the novels were known as "penny dreadfuls"), and benefited from three mutually reinforcing trends: the vastly increased mechanization of printing, the growth of efficient rail and canal shipping, and ever-growing rates of literacy.
The dime novels were aimed at youthful, working-class audiences and distributed in massive editions at newsstands and dry goods stores.
Unlike the dime novels, which generally confine illustration to the cover, the story papers integrate text and illustration (in the form of wood engravings) throughout.
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/dp/pennies/home.html   (257 words)

  
  American Masterpieces -- Westerns
Term dime novel originally referred to pocket-sized, hundred-page books with woodcut illustrations on the paper covers but it came to designate any fiction selling between five and twenty-five cents.
Violence: The dime Western was the medium most responsible for disseminating that image of violence; it was the means of carrying a sensational, violent West with you while you rode on an elevated train in Manhattan or waited for the fighting to begin at Shiloh.
The dime novel marks the cultivation of what finally became the dime novel's chief readership: adolescent boys.
www.viterbo.edu /perspgs/faculty/GSmith/DimeNovels.html   (329 words)

  
 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Dime novel, though it has a specific meaning, has also become a catch-all term for several different (but related) forms of late 19th century and early 20th century U.S. popular fiction, including 'true' dime novels, story papers, five and ten cent weekly libraries, 'thick book' reprints and sometimes even early pulp magazines.
Dime novels, in spirit at least, are the antecedent of today's mass market paperbacks, comic books, and some would say television and movies.
Beadle's Dime Novels were immediately popular, owing to an increased literacy in the population around the time of the American Civil War, and by the war's end there were numerous competitors like George Munro and Robert DeWitt crowding the field, distinguishing their product only by title and the color choice of the paper wrappers.
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=Dime_novel   (2195 words)

  
 Special Collections
The dime novel's peak popularity was reached in the last third of the 1800s, as more and more people began to have more and more free time.
Standing out among the various reasons from the dime novel's downfall was the advent of the motion picture, which cost less than a dime novel and was undoubtedly more exciting.
The dime novel, for better or worse, had an effect on shaping American mass culture and therefore is an important aspect to the study of American arts, letters, and history.
www.oberlin.edu /library/special/dime_novels.html   (813 words)

  
 House of Beadle and Adams Online / Dime Novels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The novel was issued originally on October 2, 1860, from 141 William Street, and was of Type I, and it was not until the end of 1862 that the publishers moved.
The first thirty-nine novels, at least, were approximately 6 5/8 by 4 1/2 inches in size, but later issues were trimmed about a quarter of an inch shorter and narrower.
All of the novels ran through many editions, consequently some of the later reprints bear on the covers a later address, while the title-page address may remain as originally published, or both title and cover addresses may have been changed.
www.niulib.niu.edu /badndp/dn-a.html   (1481 words)

  
 §1. The Dime Novel. XI. The Later Novel: Howells. Vol. 17. Later National Literature, Part II. The Cambridge ...
It was in that very year (1851) that Robert Bonner bought the New York Ledger and began to make it the congenial home of a sensationalism which, hitherto most nearly anticipated by such a romancer as Joseph Holt Ingraham, reached unsurpassable dimensions with the prolific Sylvanus Cobb, Jr.
From the Ledger no step in advance had to be taken by the inventors of the “dime nove,” which was started upon its long career by the publishing firm of Beadle and Adams of New York in 1860.
In the fourth quarter of the century the detective story rivalled the frontier tale; after 1900, both, though reduced to the price of five cents apiece, gave way before the still more exciting and easily comprehended moving picture.
www.bartleby.com /227/0401.html   (332 words)

  
 American Women's Dime Novels, 1870-1920. The Series.
Of all the women's dime novel series, this series is the easiest for collectors to obtain since it is one of the few series to run well into the twentieth century.
The format was a standard dime novel size, 4 7/8 x 7 inches in size with color illustrations on the covers.
The novels in this series are not dated, but the firm operated from 1926 to 1929 and the cover illustrations are suggestive of the 1920s.
chnm.gmu.edu /dimenovels/romance_series.html   (4595 words)

  
 Elizabeth Nesbitt Room Dime Novel Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The "dime novel" was a form of popular literature published in the U.S. from the mid to late 19th century through the early part of the 20th century.
Later, the term "dime novel" came to encompass an entire genre of cheap, paper-covered fiction, usually magazine-sized and issued in numbered sequence, that earned a reputation as "immoral " junk literature yet remained widely popular.
While early dime novels were aimed adults, most publishers soon began offering selections for teenagers and younger readers.
www.library.pitt.edu /libraries/is/enroom/ElizabethNesbittRoomDimeNovelCollection.html   (195 words)

  
 The Dime Novel
Sales of dime novels soon increased thanks primarily to the Civil War; the novels were widely distributed to troops on both sides and were said to be "the soldier's solace and comfort in camp and campaign."
Dime novels were largely the work of hacks, one of the more notable was Edward Sylvester Ellis, whose first title for Beadles, Seth Jones, or, The Captives of the Frontier, was so successful that he received Ellis a contract for four novels a year.
Each dime novel was complete in itself, though, as today, there were many sequels containing further adentures of the same characters.
www.recess.ufl.edu /transcripts/2005/0609.shtml   (440 words)

  
 CHARLES HUMBERD DIME NOVEL COLLECTION
Dr. Charles Humberd of Bernard, Missouri, was a collector of dime novels active in the 1930s and 1940s.
Bragin wrote and published Dime Novels Bibliography, 1860-1928, and he also published facsimile reprints of Morrison's Sensational Series and Beadle Half-Dime Novels in the late 1940s.
Acknowledging Charles Bragin as a source for some of the material, the sixteen-page booklet is subtitled "Blood and Thunders or Dime Novels of the 80's and 90's." Charles Bragin's stamp and address on the inside cover suggests that he distributed the booklet to his regular customers.
www.lib.udel.edu /ud/spec/findaids/humberd.htm   (555 words)

  
 American Women's Dime Novels, Archives List
They also have the Charles Humberd Dime Novel Collection which is a small collection of about eight items, several items relating to the work of Charles Bragin and several dime novels.
The Library of Congress' Dime Novel Collection is one of the largest dime novel collections in the country.
Stanford University was one of the first to give dime novels a strong presence on the web and their site is still one of the best ones on the subject.
chnm.gmu.edu /dimenovels/archives.html   (1375 words)

  
 Dime Novels and Early Westerns Part IV
The precursor to the western paperback was the Dime Novel developed in America during the 1800s.
In America, many of the heroes in Dime Novels were based on real men of the West.
The irony of the story is that among her belongings was a Dime Novel entitled, "Kit Carson, the Happy Warrior." In his autobiography, Carson wrote, "We found a book in the camp, the first of the kind I had ever seen, in which I was represented as a great hero, slaying Indians by the hundred.
www.westernauthors.com /Part_IV.htm   (1008 words)

  
 Guided Tour of a Cover
This tour focuses on the three parties involved in producing dime novels: Publishers, Authors, and the Dime Novel Heroes themselves.
The Beadles' publication of Malaeska in June of 1860 marks the debut of the dime novel.
The House of Beadle and Adams and its Dime and Nickel Novels.
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/dp/pennies/cover.html   (1380 words)

  
 The Dime Novel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Considered to be the first Dime Novel, it told the story of an Indian squaw who married a white settler and the tragedy that ensued.
Dime Novels were not just avenues for storytellers to run rampant, but also for political, and moral ideas to be spread and bolstered.
Therefore many of the Dime Novels portrayed their heroes as Indian hunters, or ones who fought and won many battles against the Indians, always of course saving the settlers from the danger that they represented.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/learn_from_classics/87199   (522 words)

  
 Dime novel Summary
A popular form of literary entertainment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, dime novels were works of sensational fiction published in paper-covered booklets, issued at regular intervals, and priced at five to ten cents.
Dime novel, though it has a specific meaning, has also become a catch-all term for several different (but related) forms of late 19th century and early 20th century popular fiction, including “true” dime novels, story papers, five and ten cent weekly...
Dime novel: An example of the original dime novel series, circa 1860.
www.bookrags.com /Dime_novel   (238 words)

  
 Dime novel Criticism
In the following essay, Denning argues that dime novels constituted the primary reading material of the working class and that the books were specifically created by the middle class for workers.
In the essay below, Jones explores the development of the outlaw hero in dime novels, arguing that the character emerged from the cultural context of the times.
In the following essay, French traces the role of the cowboy character in the dime novel, revealing the character's emerging importance in the works of four novelists.
www.bookrags.com /criticisms/Dime_novel   (254 words)

  
 The Dime Novel Companion — www.greenwood.com
Entries are arranged alphabetically, with cross-references and a comprehensive index, and are clear, concise, and informative....Since this is the first reference of its kind, it is recommended for all large academic libraries and any undergraduate library supporting the study of popular culture and fiction, American social history, or publishing.
An introduction provides a brief history of the dime novel.
A discussion of dime novel scholarship includes a selected directory of libraries and museums with significant collections of dime novels.
www.greenwood.com /catalog/CDN/.aspx   (284 words)

  
 Stuart Murray - JUDITH'S DIME NOVEL
When the stagecoach is ambushed, Judith's life suddenly seems to come right out of the dog-eared pages of her favorite dime novel.
Under the pseudonym Oliver Payne, Murray wrote the eight-volume Northwest Territory series of historical novels, and he was also founding editor of the long-running Western series Stagecoach.
Judith’s Dime Novel is his first novel with Avalon.
www.avalonbooks.com /catalog/western/Murray_Judith.html   (252 words)

  
 Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls
Stanford’s Dime Novel and Penny Dreadful collection web site is a wonderful array of the dime novel series published during the mid nineteenth to the early twentieth century.
Reading a dime novel from cover to cover, gives the user a wonderful sense of the language, the storyline, and the imagery of the time.
While these entries are quite impressive on their own, the site would have benefited from an over-arching discussion of the importance of the dime novel within nineteenth century culture and the complex ways in which it both reflected and influenced that culture.
www.publichistory.org /reviews/view_review.asp?DBID=104   (1483 words)

  
 The history of Barclay/Lyca Poodles
Lyca Dime Store Novel which started a career and a lasting friendship with his owner Camille Lashley.
Ch.Tapestry Elegance needs to be mentioned, she was a Lyca Dime Store Novel daughter and a group and Best in Show winner.
Lyca Novel Attraction who is on his way to being the top producer.
www.barclaypoodles.com /historybarclay.html   (489 words)

  
 American Women's Dime Novels, 1870-1920
art of what made dime novels exciting and new, and the bane of middle-class sensibilities, were the "lurid" cover illustrations.
RE not more crimes perpetrated these days in the name of the dime novels than Madame Roland ever imagined were committed in the name of liberty?
Nearly every sort of misdemeanor into which the fantastic element enters, from train robbery to house-burning, is laid to them." Read more....
chnm.gmu.edu /dimenovels   (254 words)

  
 DIME NOVEL SCREEN :: MAKING SHORT FILMS A CULT :: A PROJECT BY METATEMPUS + THE SASSOON GALLERY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
We'd like to thank Arpad Lukacs for supplying the photographs of DIME NOVEL SCREEN.
Fans, filmmakers and enthusiasts, we are back — with yet another season of short films in the gallery, again coupled with passing trains overhead and enough fire to keep it warm and running through the next winter.
And it’s up to you whether or not you show your 50-second film at DIME NOVEL SCRREN.
www.metatempus.net /dimenovelscreen   (421 words)

  
 BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com: April 2007
Despite the exaggerated violent stereotypes perpetuated by dime novels and Hollywood, the so-called Wild West wasn't quite as violent as we've been led to believe over the years.
It's all part of a myth that was created in the late 19th century by the dime novel authors, who enthralled their breathless, eager readers back East.
The dime novelists had to exaggerate the exploits of the Wild West's most notorious killer in order to sell their books.
www.beggarscanbechoosers.com /2007_04_01_marcmcdonald_archive.html   (5253 words)

  
 Dime Novels (Imagination): American Treasures of the Library of Congress
Dime Novels (Imagination): American Treasures of the Library of Congress
Early dime novels, first printed in orange wrapper papers, were patriotic, often nationalistic tales of encounters between Indians and backwoods settlers.
By the mid-1890s, bold color covers depicting scenes of bloodshed and courage appealed to a mostly adolescent audience.
www.loc.gov /exhibits/treasures/tri015.html   (238 words)

  
 Sizzling Romance Guide | Romance | Online Dating
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 Dime Novel Holdings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Below is a list of the Street and Smith dime novel series.
With funds from a CLRC (Central Library Resource Council Grant) we have been able to digitize all of the covers to make them accessible.
If you wish to see just a representative sampling of these images, most of the series are also represented in our dime novel cover art gallery.
library.syr.edu /digital/images/s/StreetAndSmith/dimes.htm   (78 words)

  
 Dime Novels at the American Antiquarian Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Another important subset of popular fiction at AAS is that containing the dime novels.
The Society's run of the Beadle series up to about 1875 is all but complete, and AAS holds strong representations of other, less popular imitations of that publisher's offerings.
This three-volume work is annotated with AAS holdings, and the Society maintains checklists of the publications of other dime novel publishers.
www.americanantiquarian.org /dimenovels.htm   (163 words)

  
 Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls, 1867-1906
Dime novels first appeared on the American literary scene in 1860 with the publication of Beadles Dime Novels No. 1, "Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter," by Ann S. Stephens (1813-1886).
The term dime novels had little reference to the price at which they booklets were sold, but it was applied especially to any "sensational detective" or "blood-and-thunder" novel in pamphlet form.
Subject matter for the stories included the historical frontier of early New York, Ohio and Kentucky, the contemporary frontier of the prairie and of gold mining in the west, sea stories, historical tales of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and of the colonial wars.
speccoll.library.kent.edu /printing/dimenovels.html   (1344 words)

  
 Trail of the Dime Novel
Trails of the Dime Novel is an unusual Western, about a young man in the late 1800's who set out west to write dramatic stories that would capture the imagination of the reading populace, and found himself living them instead.
Mortal peril, the threat of thieves, hostile Indians, and the challenges of surviving and no man's land with few laws and less enforcement make for an exciting succession of dangerous adventures that provide the would-be writer with source material to craft popular stories beyond his wildest dreams.
Trails of the Dime Novel is a delightful new book, especially for younger readers.
www.terryburns.net /Dime_Novel_reviews.htm   (684 words)

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