penny-dreadful


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penny-dreadful

n, pl -fuls
(Journalism & Publishing) informal Brit a cheap, often lurid or sensational book or magazine
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References in classic literature ?
For a sonnet on Stevenson he managed to wring two dollars out of a Boston editor who was running a magazine with a Matthew Arnold taste and a penny-dreadful purse.
In 1992's Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood's retired outlaw, Will Munny, is asked by Saul Rubinek's penny-dreadful biographer, W.W.
What was the US equivalent of a 'penny-dreadful' book?