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The Dime Novel in Children's Literature - Vicki Anderson

The Dime Novel in Children's Literature

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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.

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Introductionp. 1
Short Historyp. 7
Broadsidesp. 19
Chapbooksp. 24
Street Criesp. 36
Hornbooks and Battledoresp. 41
Toy Booksp. 46
Penny Dreadfulsp. 53
Dime Novelsp. 61
Series Booksp. 126
Story Papersp. 132
Comicsp. 145
Big Little Booksp. 151
Pulp Fictionp. 156
Conclusionp. 161
Chronology of the Dime Novel and Related Works, 1860-1902p. 167
Annotated Bibliography of Dime Novelsp. 170
List of Series Booksp. 193
Periodicals (Story Papers)p. 219
Children's Literature Year by Year: A Chronological List of Significant Publicationsp. 222
List of Pseudonymsp. 241
List of Character Namesp. 242
Biographical Dictionaryp. 247
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780786418435
ISBN-10: 0786418435
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 30th November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.29  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.38