dime novel


noun

a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, especially such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920.

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Origin of dime novel

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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dime novel

noun

US (formerly) a cheap melodramatic novel, usually in paperbackAlso called (esp Brit): penny-dreadful
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