Dime Novels for Women, 1870-1920
Primary Materials for the Study of Women’s Dime Novel Fiction
- “Alderson’s Famous Author: Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller” by Kathleen Kennedy, Journal of the Greenbrier Historical Society, Volume VII, Number 5, pages 28-34, 2003.
- “Biographical Sketch of America’s Most Talented and Popular Authoress — A Plucky American Girl’s Successful Struggle for Literary Fame.” The Fireside Companion. April 19, 1890. (A promotional piece for Laura Jean Libbey.)
- Burt, A.L. “Obituary.” Publisher’s Weekly, January 3, 1914, p. 21. (This links to a page outside the Dime Novel Project.)
- “Dime Novels; or, Following an Old Trail in Popular Literature” Edmund Pearson. Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1929. [A Gaslight Etext.]
- Dime Novel Roundup. A list of articles published in Dime Novel Roundup from February 1989 to June 2004.
- Dora Thorne, a novel by Charlotte Brame, prepared for the web by Project Gutenberg. [Unfortunately, the project did not provide information about exactly which book was used for this e-text. Dora Thorne was reprinted many, many times!]
- “I Have the Misfortune to Be Poor.” Girls of Today. 12, February 9, 1876: 4. (Letter to the editor from a reader hoping to improve herself.)
- Mischievous Maid Faynie, by Laura Jean Libbey, a Project Gutenberg eBook.
- “My Wife’s Piano.” Girls of Today. December 18, 1875: 8. (Short story in one of the first women’s storypaper.)
- “Obituary. George Munro.” The Fireside Companion. (Newspaper Clipping. No reliable date.) (An obituary for one of the most successful cheap fiction publishers.)
- “Old and New Pirates.” Publishers Weekly, February 10, 1883: 175. (Editorial on whether cheap fiction publishers are hurting or helping the publishing business.)
- “Prohibition of Dime Literature.” Publishers Weekly. April 28, 1883: 500. (Editorial on an attempt to outlaw giving dime novels to minors.)
- Britts, Mattie Dyer. “Nameless Love.” Girls of Today. (A poem on love.)
- Harvey, Charles. The Dime Novel in American Life. The Atlantic Monthly 100 (1907): 37-45. (A well-known commentary on dime novel fiction.)
- Libbey, Laura Jean. “Chapter II: I Have Risked My Life to Save You.”Willful Gaynell. New York: Norman Munro, 1890. (An excerpt from one of Libbey’s working girl novels.)
- Libbey, Laura Jean. “When Love Takes Wings.” (Newspaper Clipping. No date.) (A reader clipped this column out of her local newspaper and included it in a love letter to her fiancé.)
- Edwards, Julia. Sadia The Rosebud. “Handing Sadia His Card.” An illustration from the front page. New York: Street & Smith, 1890.