Review by Choice Review
Editor of the magazine Dime Novel Round-Up since 1994, Cox's name is probably familiar to dime novel scholars and collectors. Reference and government documents librarian and professor emeritus, St. Olaf College, he has compiled an encyclopedic companion to dime novels, which includes more than 1,200 entries on dime novel "publications ..., publishers, authors, series characters, and genres of fiction." Entries are arranged alphabetically, with cross-references and a comprehensive index, and are clear, concise, and informative. Cox also offers a brief introduction and history of dime novels and a bibliography for further reading. A list of noteworthy library collections of dime novels is included, as well as a seven-page publishing chronology of each major series released between 1846 and 1930. Since this is the first reference of its kind, it is recommended for all large academic libraries and any undergraduate library supporting the study of popular culture and fiction, American social history, or publishing. All levels. J. Vance; Lindsey Wilson College
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Review by Booklist Review
A trove of all things related to dime novels--titles, authors, publishers, series characters, categories, and themes. Emphasis is on the dime novel as social history, "a record of attitudes that prevailed from 1860 to 1915 in the United States."
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