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Anderson, Vicki. The Dime Novel in Children’s Literature. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2005. 
Added by: joachim (11/26/09, 10:45 AM)   
Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-1843-5
BibTeX citation key: Anderson2005a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Children’s and young adults’ comics, Early forms of comics, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Anderson
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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With their rakish characters, sensationalist plots, improbable adventures and objectionable language (like swell and golly), dime novels in their heyday were widely considered a threat to the morals of impressionable youth. Roundly criticized by church leaders and educators of the time, these short, quick-moving, pocket-sized publications were also, inevitably, wildly popular with readers of all ages.
This work looks at the evolution of the dime novel and at the authors, publishers, illustrators, and subject matter of the genre. Also discussed are related types of children’s literature, such as story papers, chapbooks, broadsides, serial books, pulp magazines, comic books and today’s paperback books. The author shows how these works reveal much about early American life and thought and how they reflect cultural nationalism through their ideological teachings in personal morality and ethics, humanitarian reform and political thought. Overall, this book is a thoughtful consideration of the dime novel’s contribution to the genre of children’s literature.
Eight appendices provide a wealth of information, offering an annotated bibliography of dime novels and listing series books, story paper periodicals, characters, authors and their pseudonyms, and more. A reference section, index and illustrations are all included.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Short History 7
Broadsides 19
Chapbooks 24
Street Cries 36
Hornbooks and Battledores 41
Toy Books 46
Penny Dreadfuls 53
Dime Novels 61
Series Books 126
Story Papers 132
Comics 145
Big Little Books 151
Pulp Fiction 156
Conclusion 161
A. Chronology of the Dime Novel and Related Works, 1860–1902 167
B. Annotated Bibliography of Dime Novels 170
C. List of Series Books 193
D. Periodicals (Story Papers) 219
E. Children’s Literature Year by Year: A Chronological List of Significant Publications 222
F. List of Pseudonym 241
G. List of Character Names 242
H. Biographical Dictionary 247
References 257
Index 263
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