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Dime novels, inexpensive stories of adventure and romance, were one of America's primary forms of entertainment in the late 19th century and lasted into the early 20th century.  This exhibit provides some basic background material on the dime novels while also examining the people who produced and consumed them, the characters found within their pages, the controversy surrounding them, and some other related forms of entertainment.  A brief annotated bibliography is provided, along with links to full text and further information in the collections of Villanova and other institutions.


Curated by Demian Katz, with graphics by Joanne Quinn. Special thanks to the many dime novel scholars who supported this project both indirectly through their writing and directly by a constant willingness to answer questions and share information; Lydia Schurman, in particular, provided extremely valuable feedback at an early stage in the project.  Thanks also to Laura Bang and Michael Foight for their helpful guidance on exhibit curation and their tireless devotion to bringing dime novels back to life.


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