dime novel

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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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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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