The Dime Novel Companion

A Source Book

by J. Randolph Cox


An encyclopedic guide to the American dime novel with over 1,200 entries on serial publications, major writers and editors, publishers, and major characters.

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May 2000


Pages 376
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/General
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This encyclopedic guide to the American dime novel contains over 1,200 entries on serial publications, major writers and editors, publishers, and major characters, fiction genres, themes, and locales. An introduction provides a brief history of the dime novel. A discussion of dime novel scholarship includes a selected directory of libraries and museums with significant collections of dime novels. An appendix contains a publishing chronology of the more than 300 serial publications, and a selected bibliography suggests further reading.

This comprehensive reference will appeal to popular culture scholars and to dime novel collectors. As an important research tool, entries are cross-referenced throughout. An index is included.

Table of Contents

How to Use This BookDime Novel Days: An Introduction and HistoryThe Dime Novel CompanionA Publishing ChronologyA Selected BibliographyIndex



Entries are arranged alphabetically, with cross-references and a comprehensive index, and are clear, concise, and informative....Since this is the first reference of its kind, it is recommended for all large academic libraries and any undergraduate library supporting the study of popular culture and fiction, American social history, or publishing. All levels.—Choice

...the capababilities for delving into the field have now been greatly facilitated by the publication of ^IThe Dime Novel Companion^R, certainly the most useful reference work on the topic....a genuine gold mine of information...—American Studies International

[T]his can't help but be THE general sourcebook for dime novel research in the coming years....I was surprised that the book was not larger than it is. It is still worth the $79.50 that Greenwood Press wants for it, and anyone who pages through this book and tells you he already knew all the info inside it is a Great Big Liar, and you can tell such people I said so.—Yellowback Library

[A]n exhaustive and impressive study....[P]acked with information and numerous cross-references....This is a landmark work and an invaluable resource--essential for libraries and for dime novel researchers and collectors. It has been more than twenty years in the writing, and was well worth the wait.—The Reference Shelf

Libraries with dime-novel collections will find this a useful guide.—C&RL News

This carefully researched, logically presented reference book is a major contribution to the growing library that explores American popular culture.—ARBA

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