dime novel

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dime novel

A melodramatic novel of romance or adventure, usually in paperback.

[After the Dime Book Series, , published by Erastus Flavel Beadle (1821-1894).]

dime novelist n.

dime novel

(Journalism & Publishing) US (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperback. Also called (esp Brit): penny-dreadful

dime′ nov′el

a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usu. in paperback, esp. of the period c1850 to c1920.
[1860–65, Amer.]
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Noun1.dime novel - a melodramatic paperback novel
novel - an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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I seem to have walked right into the thick of a dime novel," said our visitor.
When I reached this place I learned that I was wrong and that it wasn't a dime novel after all.
No, F-l-x, we would not call Treasure Island or the Pilgrim's Progress dime novels.
Hired by the Kansas Pacific Railroad to kill not less than 12 buffalo a day, Cody became a dime novel hero, and for a time was the most famous celebrity in the world, touring the world with his Wild West show.
It's noon, and the open front door is a bright rectangle of sunlight streaming in from the Gulf--a stark counterpoint to the ultra-dim interior with the red light bulbs that set the mood of a Mickey Spillane dime novel.
I listened to his detailed report and it seemed more like a dime novel than an historical fact.
In Karen Memory, she shows off her steampunk chops while channeling Huckleberry Finn with Karen Memery's coarse, uneducated voice, playing on the frontier ethos of cinematic Westerns, and subverting the dime novel tradition.
And, let's not forget Calamity Jane, the cross-dressing, tough-talking, sharp-shooting heroine of many a dime novel and a completely berserk film starring Doris Day.
The library has a 19th century dime novel collection, a collection about child survivors of the Jewish Holocaust, and a collection of revolutionary and political movements in Russia from 1875 to 1937.
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New York publishers had introduced the dime novel, a lurid form that needed larger-than-life heroes.