dime Novel

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A cheap and usually violently sensational novel, so called because of its price (a dime being ten US cents) in the late 19th century, although in fact many of these books were cheaper still at five cents. The dime novel flourished from the 1860s to the 1890s, and provided tales of adventure about war, crime, or life on the Western frontier, featuring characters such as the real-life frontiersman Deadwood Dick or the entirely fictional New York detective Nick Carter.

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/dp/pennies Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection at Stanford University, a large archive.

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