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Erastus Beadle

(1821—1894)


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(1821–94),

famous publisher of dime novels, began his career by issuing ten-cent song books and game manuals. Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter (1860) by Ann S. Stephens was the first of his series advertised as “a dollar book for a dime.” It is said to have sold 300,000 copies during its first year, and was followed by hundreds of similar works dealing with the desperate adventures of frontiersmen. Among Beadle's writers were “Bruin” Adams, W. F. Cody, Edward S. Ellis, Mayne Reid, and Fred Whittaker. After (1880), train robbers and detectives supplanted Indians and hunters, and the dime novel acquired the opprobrious reputation that has clung to it.

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