Dime-novel

dime novel

noun
a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism

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dime novel
 
n
(US) Also called (esp Brit): penny-dreadful (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback

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