Dime-novel meaning

A melodramatic novel of romance or adventure, usually in paperback.
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A hack paperback novel of a type popular in the later 19th and early 20th cent., usually sensational or melodramatic and originally costing a dime.
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(US, dated) A cheap pulp novel produced in 19th century America.
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Origin of dime-novel

  • After the Dime Book Series , published by Erastus Flavel Beadle (1821–1894)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition