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Dime novel

Posted by ESC on October 23, 2002

In Reply to: Dime novel posted by jim on October 22, 2002

: How did the term "Dime novel" originate? thanks much

DIME NOVEL - "a cheap, sensational novel, 1864 (Erastis F. and Irwin P. Beadle began publishing the Dime Book Series in 1860 with Ann S. Stephen's novel 'Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter,' which thus became the first dime novel.)" From "

And what were "penny dreadfuls"? Were they also sensational publications? I'm think that's a British term.