Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes: Dime Novels, Series Books, and Paperbacks

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Routledge, Feb 1, 2013 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Despite efforts of contemporary reformers to curb the availability of dime novels, series books, and paperbacks, Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes reveals how many readers used them as means of resistance and how fictional characters became models for self-empowerment. These literary genres, whose value has long been underestimated, provide fascinating insight into the formation of American popular culture and identity. Through these mass-produced, widely read books, Deadwood Dick, Old Sleuth, and Jessie James became popular heroes that fed the public’s imagination for the last western frontier, detective tales, and the myth of the outlaw. Women, particularly those who were poor and endured hard lives, used the literature as means of escape from the social, economic, and cultural suppression they experienced in the nineteenth century.

In addition to the insight this book provides into texts such as “The Bride of the Tomb,” the Nick Carter Series, and Edward Stratemeyer’s rendition of the Lizzie Borden case, readers will find interesting information about:
  • the roles of illustrations and covers in consumer culture
  • Bowling Green’s endeavor to digitize paperback and pulp magazine covers
  • bibliographical problems in collecting and controlling series books
  • the effects of mass market fiction on young girls
  • Louisa May Alcott’s pseudonym and authorship of three dime novels
  • special collections
  • competition among publishers

    A collection of work presented at a symposium held by the Library of Congress, Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes makes an outstanding contribution to redefining the role of popular fiction in American life.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Formats and Contents 18601933
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V Valta Parma and the Development of Popular Culture Collections at the Library of Congress
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Pulp Magazines and Vintage Paperbacks in the Popular Culture Library
39
A Challenge for Childrens Literature Bibliographers
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The Librarian of Congress Argues Against Cheap Novels Getting Low Postal Rates
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Authors Who Wrote Dime Novels and Series Books 18901914
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Unearthing the Historical Reader or Reading Girls Reading
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World War II Combat in American Juvenile and Paperback Series Books
147
John L Jr and Gentleman Jack Stories in the New York Five Cent Library
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The Case of Lizzie Borden
175
Dime Novels by The Childrens Friend
197
H Irving Hancocks Conquest of the United States Series
215
The Bride of the Tomb or The Story Paper Debut of Mrs Alex McVeigh Miller
233
Character Transplant from Victorian Romances to the Oz Series
251
From Laura Jean Libbey to Harlequin Romance and Beyond
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Edwin Brett vs Frank Leslie
103
The Evolution of the Nick Carter Series from Dime Novel to Paperback 18861990
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The Golden Age of American Aviation Series Books 19271932
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Since 1995, Larry Sullivan has been the chief library administrator of the criminal justice library at John Jay, one of the senior colleges of The City University of New York. He directs the operations of the largest criminal justice library in the world; teaches graduate courses (e.g. Advanced Criminology, Punishment and Responsibility) and directs Ph.D. dissertations. He has published 5 books as an author, co-author or editor, including The Prison Reform Movement, (Twayne, 1990). He is on the advisory board for the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment and is about to sign with us to be the lead editor for a three volume Encyc. of Law Enforcement.

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