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dime novel

noun
1.
a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism
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dime novel

noun
1.
(US) (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback Also called (esp Brit) penny-dreadful
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Encyclopedia Article for dime novel

a type of inexpensive, usually paperback, melodramatic novel of adventure popular in the United States roughly between 1860 and 1915; it often featured a western theme. One of the best-known authors of such works was E.Z.C. Judson, whose stories, some based on his own adventures, were written under the pseudonym Ned Buntline. The dime novels were eventually replaced by pulp magazines. Penny dreadfuls and shilling shockers are genres similar to the dime novel.

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