Dime Novels




by Edmund Pearson

Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1929. Hardcover (dust jacket unknown). Burnt orange boards with black lettering. 280 pages. Illustrated throughout with numerous book plates. The early paper-covered "dime novels" are discussed, but the subject is simply too broad to be dealt with in a single volume of this size. The various Beadle's publications get most of the attention, but the later chapters include Nick Carter, Pluck and Luck, the Street and Smith pubs (Diamond Dick, Tip Top Weekly, Liberty Library, etc), Secret Service, the Merriwell books, and others. A nice book, but few specifics.