dime novel


Definition of dime novel

: a usually paperback melodramatic novel especially : one popular in the U.S. from about the mid-19th century to the early 20th often featuring a Western theme

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But the frontier was closed, and its memory was already being turned into myth in dime novels, westerns, and Wild West shows. David Treuer, Harper's magazine, "2020 Vision," 10 Jan. 2019 Westerns have been selling variations on this sort of story since the silent days (and in dime novels before that). Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Rider’ is a Western like no other," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of dime novel

1864, in the meaning defined above

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