Charles M. Harvey (essay date 1907)
SOURCE: “The Dime Novel in American Life,” in The Atlantic Monthly, July, 1907, pp. 37-45.
[In the following essay, Harvey recounts the development of the dime novel in America.]
Are not more crimes perpetrated these days in the name of the dime novels than Madame Roland ever imagined were committed in the name of liberty? It looks that way. Nearly every sort of misdemeanor into which the fantastic element enters, from train robbery to house-burning, is laid to them.
But these offending books must be only base counterfeits of the originals of their name. When the average American of fifty years of age or upward hears...
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