A woodblock print was added in issue 29, and the first 28 were reprinted with illustrated covers. This series ran for 321 issues and established almost all the conventions of the genre, from the lurid and outlandish story to the melodramatic double titling used throughout the series, which ended in the 1920s.
Most of the stories were frontier tales reprinted from the numerous serials in the story papers and other sources, but many were original stories.
Nonetheless, the pocket-sized sea, Western, railway, circus, gold-digger, and other adventures were an instant success.
Author Armin Jaemmrich observes that Alexis de Tocqueville's theses in Democracy in America (1835) says that in democratic and socially permeable societies, like that of the U.
Much of the content of dime novels came from story papers, which were weekly, eight-page newspaper-like publications, varying in size from tabloid to full-size newspaper format and usually costing five or six cents.
They started in the mid-1850s and were immensely popular, some titles being issued for over fifty years on a weekly schedule.
In 1874, Beadle & Adams added the novelty of color to the covers when their New Dime Novels series replaced the flagship title.
The New Dime Novels were issued with a dual numbering system on the cover, one continuing the numbering from the first series and the second and more prominent one indicating the number in the current series; for example, the first issue was numbered 1 (322).
The first 28 were published without a cover illustration, in a salmon-colored paper wrapper.Small productions will be more common than bulky books ...The object of authors will be to astonish rather than to please, and to stir the passions more than to charm the taste." Written twenty-five years prior to the emergence of the dimes, his words read like an exact anticipation of their main characteristics.Also, there were a number of ten-cent, paper-covered books of the period that featured medieval romance stories and melodramatic tales.This makes it hard to define what falls in the category of the dime novel, with classification depending on format, price, or style of material.As the popularity of dime novels increased, original stories came to be the norm.The books were reprinted many times, sometimes with different covers, and the stories were often further reprinted in different series and by different publishers.In the modern age, the term dime novel has been used to refer to quickly written, lurid potboilers, usually as a pejorative to describe a sensationalized but superficial literary work.Dime novel became a general term for similar paperbacks produced by various publishers in the early twentieth century.They are perhaps best described as the television of their day, containing a variety of serial stories and articles, with something aimed at each member of the family, and often illustrated profusely with woodcuts.Popular story papers included The Saturday Journal, Young Men of America, Golden Weekly, Golden Hours, Good News, and Happy Days.The dime novel is a form of late 19th-century and early 20th-century U. popular fiction issued in series of inexpensive paperbound editions.The term dime novel has been used as a catchall term for several different but related forms, referring to dime novels, story papers, five- and ten-cent weeklies, "thick book" reprints, and sometimes early pulp magazines.The first book in the Beadle series was Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter, by Ann S. The novel was essentially a reprint of Stephens's earlier serial, which had appeared in the Ladies' Companion magazine in February, March and April 1839.