The Dime Novel Companion: A Source Book (Google eBook)
This encyclopedic guide to the American dime novel contains over 1,200 entries on serial publications, major writers and editors, publishers, and major characters, fiction genres, themes, and locales. An introduction provides a brief history of the dime novel. A discussion of dime novel scholarship includes a selected directory of libraries and museums with significant collections of dime novels. An appendix contains a publishing chronology of the more than 300 serial publications, and a selected bibliography suggests further reading.
This comprehensive reference will appeal to popular culture scholars and to dime novel collectors. As an important research tool, entries are cross-referenced throughout. An index is included.
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For the student of popular lit from the last half of the 19th century to the early 20th century, this book provides a rich introduction to the writers, publishers, and characters of the time. As a collector, I keep the Dime Novel Companion at hand. Quite an excellent value for this unique source book.