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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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Dime Novels

Dime Novels

(p.63) Chapter 3 Dime Novels
The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture

J. Randolph Cox

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on dime novels and the myths and generalisations associated with them. After providing a background on the beginnings of dime novels and their publishing history, the chapter discusses the seven genres of fiction represented in dime novels: frontier and western stories, mystery and detective stories, love stories, school and sports stories, science fiction and fantasy, comic stories, and sea stories. It then looks at the readers of dime novels before concluding with an analysis of the rise, fall, and legacy of dime novels.

Keywords:   dime novels, publishing, genres, fiction, western stories, detective stories, love stories, fantasy, comic stories, readers

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