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Dime novel   /daɪm nˈɑvəl/   Listen
Dime novel

noun
1.
A melodramatic paperback novel.  Synonym: penny dreadful.






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"Dime novel" Quotes from Famous Books



... landed sprawling in the snow outside, sweeping the lean woman down with me. It was very like a dime novel. Three lone women who, for purposes of intensification, may be called enemies, staring with white faces at a wall of dirt, and trying to realise that a minute before it had been a black hole. And at the other end of that hole now were two men horribly imprisoned in a rock-walled tomb ...
— A Woman Tenderfoot • Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

... Island" appeared, the public was gasping for the oxygen that a story with outdoor movement and action could supply: there was enough and to spare of invertebrate subtleties, strained metaphysics and coarse naturalistic studies. A sublimated dime novel like "Treasure Island" came at the psychologic moment; the year before "The New Arabian Nights" had offered the same sort of pabulum, but had been practically overlooked. Readers were only too glad to turn from people with a past to people ...
— Masters of the English Novel - A Study Of Principles And Personalities • Richard Burton



Words linked to "Dime novel" :   penny dreadful, novel



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