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A List of Some Newspaper and Magazine Articles Dealing with Dime Novels, Their Authors, and Dime-Novel Collectors


North American Review, CCIV, July, 1864, 303-309. "Beadle's Dime Books" (by William Everett).

† 1865.

New York Citizen, II, September 9, 1865, 4-5. "An Insight into the House of Beadle."


New York Observer. "Influence of 'Romantic Literature'." Date of clipping unknown. Reprinted in the Saturday Star Journal. III, No. 137, October 26, 1872.


American Newspaper Reporter, June 9, 1873. "Beadle & Adams are careful and particular in the quality of the matter they print."


American Bookseller, New York, I, May 1, 1876, 297-98. "Sensational Novels," Anonymous.
New York Saturday Journal, VII, No. 316, April 1, 1876. "Anathema-Marantha." The article was written by a doctor who wrote a dime novel, later published as a Sunday school book: "Snowflake." "Read what you please, if your head is level, and your heart unspotted; it will not injure your morals."


Publishers' Weekly, XII, 1877, 396-97. Editorial, "The Cheap Libraries." "These publications . . . may ultimately prove to be of use in educating a large . . . body of readers into a higher class of reading than they have hitherto reached, and leading to the consequent increase, some day, of the market for good books."


Saturday Journal, IX, No. 424, April 27, 1878. "John Neal's Opinion" by John Neal.

† 1879.

Atlantic Monthly, XLIV, September, 1879, 387. "Story Paper Literature" by W. H. Bishop.


Young Folds' Rural. VII, No. 5. Supplement, September, 1880. "Pernicious Trash for Boys." Expresses its opinion of Our Boys, Boys of New York, New York Boys' Weekly, and the Young Men of America.


Boston Evening Transcript, under New York date line, March 26, 1884.

New York Daily Tribune, March 16, 1884. "Dime Novels: A Defense by a Writer of Them" by Frederick Whittaker.


The Journalist, August 7, 1886. "Some Typical Story Tellers" by Alfred Trumble. About Small, Hemyng, Greey, Comstock, and Urner.


New Orleans Times Democrat, November 6, 1887.


Book News, VI, July, 1888, 496. "The Responsibilities of the Dime Novel." Anonymous. Quoted from the Boston Transcript.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 12, 1888. "Dip their Pens in Gore" by Arthur Grissom. About dime novelists in general. Rolfe, Mrs. Southworth, Halsey, Mrs. Emma Garrison Jones, and Mary J. Holmes are mentioned.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 28, 1888. "Westerners Who Write" by Arthur Grissom. With portraits of Musick, Harger, Whitson, Tom P. Morgan, and Mary H. Ford.


Publishers' Weekly, XXXVI, 1889, 961-62. "The Retirement of E. F. Beadle." "(E. F. Beadle) did considerably more good in an humble way and a great deal less harm, than he generally was credited with."


Lend a Hand, April, 1890, V, 253-57. "The Dime Novel Nuisance" by William McCormick.
Lend a Hand, April, 1890, 99. An article by the Rev. E. S. Hale.

Fireside Companion, XLVI, No. 1173, April 19, 1890. A biography of Laura Jean Libbey, with a woodcut of handsome, curvaceous Miss Libbey.


Banner Weekly, X, No. 482, February 6, 1892; X, No. 508, August 6, 1892; X, No. 513, September 10, 1892. In the column headed "Bannerettes." Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, December 19, 1892. "The Dime Novel" by T. C. Harbaugh.


Detroit Journal, August 6, 1894. "Story Writers." Tells of the pay received by writers for the weekly story papers. Mentions E. D. E. N. Southworth, Sylvanus Cobb, Jr., Laura Jean Libbey, Mrs. Georgie Sheldon, and others, real and pseudonymous. Reprinted from the New York Morning Journal. Danbury News, September 5, 1894. Danbury Newsman.


Publishers' Weekly, L, 1896, 1233. "Upon the yellow-covered Beadle's Dime Novel Series, the reformers of that day heaped a lot of gratuitous and undeserved abuse, though, as a matter of fact, its books were less harmful than much of what now passes as fit for circulation in Sunday School libraries."


The Writer, Boston, XII, July, 1899, 97-99. "The Degeneration of the Dime Novel" by Robert Peabody Bellows.


New York Sun. A series of articles begun by a letter signed "H. S. K." (H. S. Keller), in which he eulogized them. This was followed by an editorial in a reminiscent mood and by numerous letters, including one by E. S. Ellis. June 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 21, 22, 24. The letter of June 10 was reprinted in Publishers' Weekly, LVII, 1900, 1187-88; the editorial of June 8 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press of May 5, 1946.
The Bookman, New York, XI, 1900, 46-48. "The Extinction of the Dime Novel" by Firmin Dredd. Four illustrations of Beadle novels.


New York Herald, February 3, 1901. "The Classic Dime Novel and its Gradual Disappearance" by Prentiss Ingraham.


Golden Hours, Jr., No. 7, February, 1902. An article on Victor St. Clair (George Waldo Browne) by Willis E. Hurd.
Golden Hours, Jr., March, 1902. An article on Willis E. Hurd by G. Waldo Browne.
The Bookman, New York, XV, 1902, 231-36. "The Detective in Fiction" by Arthur B. Maurice.
The Bookman, New York, XV, August, 1902, 528-33. "The Confessions of a Dime-Novelist" by Gelett Burgess. "Such yarns are about as good a remedy for brain fag as you could find."


Brooklyn Eagle Magazine, January 8, 1903. "Frank Merriwell in a Machine Age." With two portraits of Gilbert Patten and cuts of four covers of novels. [NOTE: 5/01/2005 — Ryan Anderson, History Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University, wrote the following correction to this entry: The date should be January 8, 1933, not January 8, 1903. The author's name is Lester Velie.]


The Bookman, New York, XX, October, 1904, 108. "Dime Novel Makers" by George C. Jenks. In the same magazine is an obituary notice of Prentiss Ingraham.


Atlantic Monthly, C, 1907, 37-45. "The Dime Novel in American Life" by Charles M. Harvey.
Publishers' Weekly, LXXII, 1907, 546-47. "The Founders of the Dime Novel." Anonymous. Lengthy quotations, with comments on Harvey's article in the Atlantic Monthly.


World's Work, July, 1907, 104-19. "About Dime Novels and Others."


The Bookman, London, XLII, 1912, 151-57. About Mrs. Braddon, with illustrations. Reprinted in Book Monthly, London, XII, 1915, 365-72, revised and without illustrations.
New England Magazine, September, 1912, XLVIII. "The Modern Dime Novel." Anonymous.


Literary Digest, May 10, 1913, 1095-98. "Nick Carter's Father." A review of an article by Dr. Frank P. O'Brien on Frederick V. Dey.

New York Herald, March 4, 1914. A note on Hanshew's death. He was born in Brooklyn in 1857 and died in London, March 3, 1914.
New York Times, June 7, 1914. "Was Bertha M. Clay really Thomas W. Hanshew?" Anon.


Book Monthly, London. (See citation for 1912).


Current Opinion, March, 1917, 208. "An Authentic Solution to the Mystery of the Celebrated Nick Carter." Review of an article by Dey in the New York Tribune.
Evening Star,
Philadelphia, April 19, 1917. "The Bertha M. Clay Mystery Cleared Up." An article about William J. Benners, written at Green Cave Spring, Florida.


American Magazine, February 19, 1920, 159-63. "How I Wrote a Thousand 'Nick Carter' Novels" by Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey. With portrait of Dey.
Kansas City Star, February 28, 1920. "'Nick Carter' in Real Life." An interview of Frederick V. Dey, copied from the Detroit Free Press.
Boston Evening Transcript,
May 5, 1920. "Arizona Joe, Big Foot Wallace and Kit Carson Come Into Their Own" by George H. Sargent. "Dime Novels of the Past Generation Have Now Become Gems of American Literature." Notes the auction sale of the O'Brien collection to be held the following week. With several illustrations of dime novel wrappers.
New York Times, May 11, 1920. "Pioneer Dime Novels Sold." A three-inch item about the O'Brien sale. Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach paid $1,025 for a file of Saturday Journals and Banner Weeklies, and $62 for the Boy's Library containing the life of Grizzly Adams. A scrap-book with 1,500 illustrations clipped from the Saturday Journal went to the Hudson Book Co. for $100.
Kansas City Times, May 13, 1920. "The Dime Novel Finds a Niche in Americana: Dispersal at Auction in New York of Most Famous Collection of Wild West Stories Recalls a Unique Era in Yankee Literature" by George H. Sargent in the Boston Transcript.
Saturday Evening Post,
July 5, 1920. "A Plea for Old Cap Collier" by Irvin S. Cobb.
Kansas City Times, September 12, 1920. "The 'Penny Dreadful' Passes. Boys Today Prefer Boy Scout Books to 'Deadwood Dick' and 'Nick Carter'." A short item by Howard Burba, copied from the Dayton News.
Science and Inventions,
October, 1920. An illustrated article by Lu Senarens.
Kansas City Star, December 10, 1920. "Age Denies Youth's Books." A short item, quoting F. H. Collier in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
(Source of clipping unknown), 1920. "Old Dime Novels of Deadeye Dick Bring High Price." A news item of the O'Brien sale. The total amount brought was $3, 198.20. Mentions that Dr. Rosenbach, acting for an unnamed Western collector, paid $1,025 for a set of the Saturday Star Journal and Banner Weekly.

Staten Island Advance, May 5, 1920. " 'Connie' Shea, Supervisor of Census, Dead. Was Prominent in Political and Fraternal Circles." Shea was born in Richmond Valley, May 10, 1863, and died at Tottenville, May 4, 1920.


Kansas City Star, May 11, 1921. "The Confessions of a Dime Novel Artist." A reprint from the New York Tribune of the experiences of an anonymous artist who illustrated some of the later nickel novels, but not Beadle's.
Chicago Post, November 21, 1921. "'Jesse,' 'Nick,' Novels Stage 'Kid' Comeback: Nickel Dreadfuls in High Favor Again: Oust Tamer Fiction."

American Magazine, April, 1921. "A Writer of a Thousand Thrillers" by Elizabeth Alden. A biography and a portrait of Lu Senarens.


The New Republic, April 2, 1922, 266-68. "Dime Novels." About the O'Brien collection in the New York Public Library.
Kansas City Star, April 27, 1922. "Nick Carter 'Fans' Mourn. Creator of Famous Detective Character, Who Committed Suicide, Had Written More Than 20 Million Words About Him."
Evening Bulletin, May 1, 1922. "Dime Novel Days." About Dey and Nick Carter.
Literary Digest, LXXIII, May 20, 1922, 40, 42. "The Creator of 'Nick Carter'." Review of an article in the Worcester (Mass.) Gazette. Portrait of Dey.
Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia), July 28, 1922. "Deadwood Dick and His Pals of Gory Fame now Stand Vindicated before Eyes of World." Full page article, with portraits of Dr. Frank P. O'Brien, Edward L. Wheeler, and Erastus Beadle, and with pictures of four covers.
American Weekly, 1922. "Nick Carter, the Dime Novel Hero Killed at Last." Portrait of Dey and pictures of several covers.


Kansas City Star, March 14, 1923. "Erastus Beadle, Originator of Dime Novel, Gave Fiction-Hungry Public What It Craved." An anonymous article full of misstatements about the activities of Erastus Beadle as a publisher.
New York Times Book Section, March 18, 1923. "Wood-Shed Fiction and Others." A review of E. L. Pearson's "Books in Black or Red," with five illustrations.
Outlook, June 13, 1923. An article by Gilbert Patten, telling of his experience as a baseball club manager.
Kansas City Star, July 9, 1923. "And Such, Alas, is Fame." A half column article about the sale of Harbaugh's household goods.
New York Times, July 15, 1923. "Last Adventure of 'Cap Collier'." Portrait of Harbaugh and illustrations of two covers.
(Source of clipping unknown). July 15, 1923. "Last Adventure of 'Cap Collier.' Scene, the Poorhouse. Thomas Harbaugh Finds a Humble Haven in His Old Age." About the auction of Harbaugh's household goods. One and one-half columns.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 29, 1923. "Burned Out" Author of 150 Novels to Spend Last Days in Poor House." About T. C. Harbaugh, with three portraits of him and one of Dey.


Boston Sunday Post, March 16, 1924. "Cactus Joe, with His Pals Idaho Tom and Denver Duke, Land in Hub Library Amid Classics after Rescue from Woodshed" by J. C. Wade. Portrait of Erastus Beadle and cuts of six covers.
Public Ledger, clipping without date, but recording death of John R. Coryell, July 6, 1924.
Illustrated Daily News, October 28, 1924. "Laura Jean Libbey has Simple Burial as Autumn Twilight Shrouds Resting Place" by Westbrook Pegler. Portrait of Miss Libbey.
Ibid., October 31, 1924. "Bang! Another Redskin Bit the Dust." Twenty-one-line item, mostly about Harbaugh.

San Jose (Calif.) Mercury-Herald, October 30, 1924. "Eugene T. Sawyer, Noted Author is called by Death." Sawyer was born November 11, 1846, in Bangor, Maine, and died in San Jose, California, October 29, 1924. A portrait is given. Claimed to have been one of the originators of the "Nick Carter" stories.
New York Times, October 30, 1924. Obituary of Eugene T. Sawyer.
New York World, October 30, 1924. "Third Nick Carter Author Passes On." Sketch of Eugene T. Sawyer.


Collier's Weekly, April 25, 1925. "Pen Names" by Charles Phelps Cushing, with pictures of Gilbert Patten, Lu Senarens, and several others who were not dime novelists.
New York Times, June 28, 1925, 2. Book Section. "Nick Carter as Literary Father of Contemporary Writers" by Silas Bent. One cut of a Nick Carter cover.
American Mercury, September, 1925. An article on Frank Merriwell.


The Bulletin, San Francisco, January 16, 1926. "4000 Thrillers of Yesteryear in Unique Library" by Muriel Babcock. Picture of P. J. Moran and other cuts.
True Western Story Magazine, April and August, 1926. A write-up of Dr. Tanner ("Diamond Dick").
Saturday Evening Post, August 14, 1926. "On English Penny Bloods."
Sunset Magazine, LVII, September, 1926, 28-29, 54. "Another Redskin Bit the Dust" by E. A. Brininstool. Illustrations.
Kansas City Star, November 21, 1926. "The High Moral Office of the Dime Novel." An editorial in defense of the dime novel by W. C. Berwick Sayers, public librarian of Croydon, England.
(Source of clipping unknown). "By Jove! Hisses Buffalo Bill, and Four More Redskins Bite the Dust: and Texas Jack Rides on Across the Arizona Swamps to Win the Civil War by Helping Sherman Capture Pittsburgh. It's All Writ in French Dime Novels" by Gordon L. Tracy.


Collier's Weekly, January 29, 1927, 18-19. "When Readin' was Readin' " with cuts of ten covers of dime and nickel novels.
Saturday Evening Post, June 11, 1927. "That Man Merriwell" by James M. Cain. About Gilbert Patten.
Century Magazine, November, 1927, 91-97. "Nick Carter; the Picturesque Career of the Man Who Made Him" by Joseph Van Raalte.


New York Evening Graphic, Magazine Section, January 7, 1928. "When I Wrote Diamond Dick Tales, I Tried to Make Him a Moral Guide" by Robert Russell, with a portrait of Russell.
Boston Herald, January 29, 1928. "Back to Beadle's Dime Novels for Thrills" by Rufus Bruce. About the Beadle collection in the Boston Public Library. One illustration from the cover of a Dime Library. Among the writers mentioned are Will S. Gridley of Springfield, George Waldo Browne of Manchester, N. H., and William H. Manning of Somerville.
Collier's Weekly, April 14, 1928. An article about Buffalo Bill. Reader's Digest, May, 1928. "The Father of the Rover Boys." About Edward Stratemeyer.
Century Magazine, CXVI, May, 1928, 60-67. "The Dime Novel is Dead, but the Same Old Hungers are Still Fed" by Henry Morton Robinson.
Amassing Stories, June, 1928. An article about inventions in dime novels, which later came true.
This for That, September, 1928. An article on the Beadle Libraries.


The Bookman, New York, LXIX, July, 1929, 495-502. "The Birth of Nick Carter" by Russell M. Coryell.
New York Herald, October —, 1929, "Heroes of Old Dime Novel Days Come Back to Conjure Up Vivid Memories of 'Bang! Bang!' Tales" by John E. Pember. A 2 1/2-column review of Pearson's "Dime Novels." One illustration.
New York Times Book Review, November 3, 1929. "That Maligned Innocent, the Dime Novel. Seen in Retrospect, It was Really a Highly Moral Form of Literature" by Charles Willis Thompson. A review of Pearson's "Dime Novels," and the John Day edition of "Malaeska." With three illustrations of covers.
Literary Digest International Book Review, 1929, 33-35. "Certain Books in Black or Red." A review of Pearson's book by Brander Matthews.
(Source of clipping unknown). "Yellow-backs were Virtuous" by Clyde Beck. Review of Pearson's "Dime Novels."


Western Newspaper Union, syndicated article in various newspapers, week of January 15-20, 1930. "Gone are the Tales That Once We Read" by Elmo Scott Watson. With portraits of the Beadle firm and four covers.
New York Herald-Tribune, Books, February 16, 1930. "Too Good to be True" by Raymond Weaver. Review of Pearson's "Dime Novels."
New York Herald-Tribune, August 31, 1930. "The Hero of the Dime Novel" by Montrose J. Moses. With a picture of a boy in an attic, reading a novel by the light of a lantern, drawn by Stockton Mulford, and pictures of two Beadle's New Dime Novel covers. About Dr. O'Brien's collection and how he gathered the rare booklets.


New York Times Magazine, January 4, 1931. "Then—Another Redskin Bit the Dust" by Rice Gaither. Five illustrations.
New York Times Magazine, January, 1931. "In Praise of the Half-Dime Novel." A letter to the Times from Lowell, Massachusetts.
Saturday Evening Post, CCIII, February 28 and March 7, 1931. "Dime Novel Days" by Gilbert Patten. Portraits and other illustrations. Reminiscences of a dime novelist.
Des Moines Sunday Register, May 31, 1931. "Mr. Oll Coomes of Iowa and Dime Novel Literature" by Lina L. Hammond. One cut and a portrait. World Telegram, New York, August 12, 1931. "It Seems to Me" by Heywood Broun. About Gilbert Patten.
Kansas City Times, September 24, 1931. "Of the Heart-Throb Novels of Laura Jean Libbey, Only the Titles Varied." With a portrait of Miss Libbey. A story written by Miss Libbey's (Mrs. Stilwell) typist, Louis Gold, in The American Mercury.
Philadelphia Record,
October 4, 1931. "Collector Defends Dime Novels. Insists Thrillers were Very Moral" by Flo Pryor. Youthful portrait of Charles Austin.
New York Journal, November 21, 1931. "Down Memory Lane" by Louis Sobal. About Gilbert Patten.
Boston Evening Transcript, November 25, 1931. "Dime Novel Heroes and Villains in a Farm Hand's Room." Several illustrations, including a portrait of Ralph Cummings.
Kansas City Star, December 4, 1931. "A Farm Hand and His Dime Novel Collection." A two-column article about Ralph Cummings' Collection. Portrait.


Worcester Sunday Telegram, January 24, 1932. "Reckless Ralph Still Pursues 'Em" by Isabel R. A. Currier. About Cummings' collection. Portrait of Cummings and several other illustrations.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 16, 1932. "30,000 Dime Novels, Pride of Collector." About Bragin's collection, with picture of Bragin.
New York Evening Journal, May 18, 1932. "Dime Library Totals 30,000." With portrait of Bragin.
Collector's Journal, II, No. 3, July-August-September, 1932, 264. "Dime Novels for Investment" by Charles Bragin.
Ibid., II, 1931, No. 6, 358. "Profit in Dime Novels" by Charles Bragin.
Cadiz (Ohio) Republican, September 22, 1932. "Beadle's Yellowbacks." Anonymous. "No love in them . . . hero rescued the heroine a dozen times and never thought to kiss her once."
Philadelphia Record, November 20, 1932. "Any Dime Novels in Your Attic?" About Robert Smeltzer's collection. Three illustrations.
New York Times, December 7, 1932. "Merriwell Stories Brought Up to Date."
American Mercury, December, 1932. "Swell Days for Literary Guys" by Bob Brown. A story of the Tousey writers by one of them, but unfortunately he does not mention their names.


Associated Press item in various newspapers. "A Nick Carter Dead." Announcing the death of Frederick W. Davis, January 4, 1933, at the age of 74. Gives "Scott Campbell" as his pen name.
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, January 16, 1933. "Dime Novel Thrillers of Another Day Recalled." An item in the column "Men and Things."
American Magazine, February, 1933, 66. "Reckless Ralph Still Pursues Them" by Isabel R. A. Currier. One page article with a portrait of Ralph Cummings. (Cf. Worcester Sunday Telegram, January 24, 1932.)
Boston Sunday Globe, February 26, 1933. "Frank Merriwell Goes Modern." Two portraits of Gilbert Patten and a cut of a cover.
Portland (Maine) Sunday Telegram, April 23, 1933. "Backward, Turn Backward, Oh Time in Thy Flight." About the collection of William M. Burns.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 14, 1933. "Paper Pulp Heroes Still Exciting to Collector who Knows Them All." With a portrait of Paul C. Maroske.
American Book Collector, IV, July to December, 1933, and V, January to December, 1934. "The House That Beadle Built" by Ralph Adimari. Scholarly article on dime literature.
Ibid., IV, 1933, 121-29. "Ballou, the Father of the Dime Novel" by Ralph Adimari.
Collector's Journal, IV, October-November-December, 1933, 419. "Dime Novel Invention Stories" by Charles Bragin.


Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, January 8, 1934. "'Deadwood Dick' Finds Sanctuary" in the Congressional Library.
Philadelphia Record, January 9, 1934; " 'Deadwood Dick' in Congress. Dime Novel is put with Rare Books in Congressional Library." Some illustrations. Collector's Journal, IV, No. 3, January-February-March, 1934, 449. "The Tousey Comics" by Charles Bragin.
Sunday Boston Advertiser, February 18, 1934. "The 'Wicked Old Dime Novel' becomes Respectable." About the collection in the rare book room of the Library of Congress. Six covers are illustrated.
Boston Herald, April 1, 1934. "Reckless Ralph Keeps Hawkshaw Memories Alive." About Ralph Cummings' collection, with portrait.
Boston Sunday Post, April 8, 1934. "Tear Jerking Romances Thrilled the Girls" by Hope Ridings Miller.
Sunday Journal and Star, Lincoln, Nebraska, May 20, 1934. "Another Redskin Bites the Dust —Another Dastardly Ruffian Foiled" by Lulu Mae Coe. With illustrations of six covers.
Chicago American. Undated clipping. "Human Side of the News. Now—Dime Novels in the Library of Congress" by Edwin C. Hill.
Collector's Journal, IV, No. 5, June, 1934. A note to the effect that Beadle's Dime Base Ball Player for 1866 brought $7. An item from the "latest American Book Prices Current."
Sunday News, Lancaster, Pa., November 25, "Another Red Skin Bit the Dust." About R. Caldwell's collection. Two cuts.
Brooklyn Daily News, December 4, 1934. "Dime Novel Collector has 1,500 Titles to Thrill Him." With portrait of Paul C. Maroske.


Western Newspaper Union syndicated article in various newspapers, week of January 14-19, 1935. "Dime Novel Heroes and the Men who Made Them" by Elmo Scott Watson. With portraits of Ned Buntline and Prentiss Ingraham and four dime novel covers.
Evanston (Illinois) News-Index, April 4, 1935. "Old Thrillers Sell Again in New Covers" by Vladimir Posvar.
Chicago Sunday Tribune, August 18, 1935. "If You Make an Outcry, You Die! Deadwood Dick Now Object of Collections" by John A. Menaugh, with three pictures in colors of the Westbrook reprints of Ivor's Deadwood Dick Library, and five illustrations in black and white of covers of Wide Awake Library, Boy's Library, Log Cabin Library, and Frank Reade Library.
St. Petersburg Times, November 22, 1935. "Collector has 7,000 Volumes of Dime Novels." About George French's collection. Several illustrations. The Pathfinder, December 28, 1935. "Blood and Thunder Novels of Half a Century Ago were Great Stuff."


Chicago Daily News, July 10, 1936. "Chicago Professor Dime Novel Reader."
Washington, D. C. Sunday Star. July 12, 1936. "Editor of Dictionary Explains Why He Noses in Dime Novels." Portrait of Albert Johannsen.
New York Times, July 19, 1936. "Dime Novels His Hobby. Professor Spends Holiday in Library Reading Old Thrillers."
The Pathfinder, Washington, D. C., August 8, 1936. "Those Paper Back Novels."


Boston Herald, January 3, 1937. A picture of Charles Bragin and some of his novels.
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, January 23, 1937. "Says Nick Carter was Model Hero." In praise of T. C. Harbaugh's (sic) hero, Nick Carter.
Chicago Evening American, February 8, 1937. "4,500 Dime Novels Professor's Treasure."
New York Times, February 9, 1937. "Will Write Bibliography of Old-Time Dime Novel."
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington), February 9, 1937. "Hoarding Dime Novels His Joy."
Milwaukee Sentinel, February 11, 1937. "Dime Thrillers."
Louisville Courier-Journal, February 11, 1937. "Professor Collects Dime Novels."
Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, February 16, 1937. "Dime Novels. With Their Passing, Some Pleasurable Excitement has Gone Out of Boys' Life."
Washington Post, February 28, 1937. "Parade of Youth. Busy Hobbyist."
Chicago Herald-Examiner, March 21, 1937. "Pens Dime Novel History."
Chicago Daily News, March 24, 1937. "Why They're Absent-Minded."
Chicago Tribune, March 25, 1937. A squib about dime novels in "A Line o' Type or Two."
New York Times, March 28, 1937. "Fair to Show Dime Novels" by S. Lawrence Stessin. Two illustrations of Beadle novels.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 27, 1937. "Roosevelt in Ranks of Dime Novel Fans."
Washington (D.C.) Star, June 28, 1937. "Roosevelt Rides Dime Novel Hobby."
Literary Digest, July 10, 1937. "Dime Novels, Once Hooted as 'Shilling Shockers' are Prized as 'Ephemeral Literature'."
New York Times Magazine, September 19, 1937. "Deadeye Dick has Become a Collectors' Item" by L. H. Robbins. Ten illustrations.
Chicago Daily News, September 24, 1937. "Kit Carson Rides—in Spain. Dime Novels Thrill the Front" by Gene Morgan.
The Digest, October 16, 1937. "The Dime Novel Returns." Review of L. H. Robbins' article in the
New York Times. Three-fourths column, mostly about Ralph Cummings' collection.
Boston Traveler, October 21, 1937. "Grafton Man Displays Dime Novels in Collection of Wild West Stories." Portrait of Ralph Cummings.
Arkansas Gazette, November 7, 1937. "Collecting Dime Novels." About the collection of J. P. Guinon, with portrait.
Milwaukee Journal, November 9, 1937. "Dime Novel Praised by a Collector." About Ralph Cummings' collection.

Yale Review, XXVI, 1937, 765. "Dime Novels and the American Tradition."


Welcome News. February, 1938, 13-16, 26. "Blood and Thunder Novels for Boys" by M. Bertrand Couch. With cuts of the covers of Golden Days and Golden Hours.
Chicago Tribune, May 25, 1938. "Dime Novels," in June Provines' column. Chicago Daily News, September 23, 1938. "Hoofs Thunder in Library. Deadwood Dick Rides Again" by Gene Morgan.
Reader's Digest, November, 1938. "Holy Horatio," by Frederick Lewis Allen. Condensed from The Saturday Review of Literature, September 17, 1938; short article on Horatio Alger.
Des Moines Sunday Register, November 27, 1938. "Bang! Bang! Iowan's Pen Slaughtered Indians" by Kent Pellett. About Oll Coomes.
The New Yorker, December 3, 1938. "That Was New York. Action at Astor Place" by Marquis James. About the Astor Place Riot.


Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1, 1939. "Tracing Dime Novel's Journey from Woodshed to Showplace." About Charles H. Austin's collection. Three pictures of Austin and one in color of Starr's New York Library No. 1 (which originally appeared in black and white).
New York Herald Tribune, February 20, 1939. "Mrs. Dey, Still Writing at 82. Turns to Her Autobiography" by Emma Bugbee. About Maryot Holt Dey, whose second husband was Frederick V. Dey.
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 1939. "Making Frank Merriwell Relive His Daring Deeds." Two portraits of Gilbert Patten and several other illustrations.
Milwaukee Journal, March 31, 1939. "Romance Interrupted Plans of Milwaukee Dime Novel Collector." About Frank Schott and his collection.
Western Newspaper Union, syndicated article in various newspapers, week of July 22-27, 1939. "Add to Your List of 'Red Letter Days' for July, Birthdays of Two Who Deserve Remembrance for Their Gifts to America's 'Folk Literature'" by Elmo Scott Watson. With portraits of George Morris, Eben Rexford, and Mrs. Rose H. Thorpe.
Los Angeles Times, Sunday Magazine, July 23, 1939. "Thrill Factory. The Dime Novel Today is 400 Pages Thick and, According to Factory Specifications, Must Have a Picture Punch Every 75 Words" by David Winston. An account of a modern dime novel factory conducted by Stephen Slesinger with twelve assistants.
Philadelphia Record, October 8, 1939. "Prize Novelist John T. McIntyre Rises to Defend Pot-Boilers" by Jean Barrett. Portrait of John T. McIntyre. Pasadena Post, October 30, 1939. "Here to Read Every Dime Novel." Portrait of Dixon Wector.


Western Newspaper Union, syndicated article in various newspapers, week of January 21-26, 1940. "Noname," Author of Famed' Nickel Novels, is Dead" by Elmo Scott Watson. Sketch of Luis P. Senarens and illustrations of three Frank Reade, Jr., covers and a portrait of Kirk Munro.
Sunday Mirror, Magazine Section, March 24, 1940. "Frank Merriwell to the Rescue" by Gilbert Patten.
Physical Culture, September, 1940. "Merriwells Kept Me Young and Healthy" by Gilbert Patten. Illustrations of three pulp Merriwell novels in the Merriwell Library, and a portrait of Gilbert Patten.
Welcome News, November, 1940. "Who Wrote Nick Carter?" by Weldon D. Woodson. One cut of a Nick Carter Library.
Salt Lake Tribune, December 30, 1940. "Blood and Thunder Thrillers of Grandpa's Time Seem Pretty Upright Reading Matter Nowadays" by Richard K. Gottschalk. Portrait of Arvid Dahlstedt.
Journalism Quarterly, XVI, December, 1940, 301-310. "The Indian Wars and the Press, 1866-67" by Elmo Scott Watson. Contains a brief reference to the part played by the dime novels in fostering public interest in the west after the Civil War.


Reader's Digest, March, 1941. "I Learned about America from Deadwood Dick" by Percy Waxman. Condensed from The Rotarian, March, 1941. A pretty poor textbook, methinks!
Yankee Magazine, April, 1941. An article about George French's collection. Welcome News, September, 1941. "The Nick Carter Question Again" by Weldon D. Woodson.
New York World-Telegram, October 29, 1941. "Dime Novels of Heroic Period in American Life Now are Sought by Collectors, including President" by Douglas Gilbert. Two cuts of novels.
New York World Telegram, October 29, 1941. "Old Sleuth, a Dime Novel Top Hero, had Dignity at First, but Slumped when New Author Took Him Over" by Douglas Gilbert. Two cuts of dime novels.
New York World-Telegram, October 30, 1941. "Frank Merriwell Ushered in Final Stage of Dime Novel" by Douglas Gilbert. One illustration of the cover of a novel and a portrait of Gilbert Patten.
New York Times, December —, 1941; reprinted in World Digest, December, 1941. "Credit to the Dime Novel"; a letter to the editor of the Times by Douglas Gilbert.

The Evening Star, Washington, D. C., September 1, 1941. "V. Valta Parma Dies; Former Rare Book Division Curator." Parma was the creator of the Rare Book Room at the Library of Congress and was curator from 1927 to 1940. He was born in New York in 1879 and died August 31, 1941.


Worcester Sunday Telegram, March 15, 1942. "Frank Merriwell Marks 46th Fictitional Birthday." Portrait of Patten and a Tip Top Weekly cover.
Christian Science Monthly, August, 1942. "The Dime Delights of Mr. Beadle" by Delia T. Lutes. Two illustrations.
Christian Science Monitor, December 5, 1942. "He Invented the Rover Boys" by Frederick Chase. Portrait of E. Stratemeyer and a picture of a Rover Boy cover.
New York World-Telegram, December 28, 1942, "Love and Kisses. Pash Novels Started Vogue, Made Fortunes" by Douglas Gilbert. One illustration of a Brady cover, a portrait of Mrs. Southworth, and another illustration.
Ibid., December 29, 1942. "Love and Kisses. Pash Novelists of Seventies Dished Out Romance with Both Hands" by Douglas Gilbert. An illustration of a George Munro cover and another cut.
Ibid., December 30, 1942. "Love and Kisses." Laura Jean Libbey Spilled Blood and Tears as Queen of All the Pash Novelists." A portrait of Laura Jean Libbey and one other illustration.
News From Home, December, 1942, III, No. 6, 2-3. (published by The Home Fleet of Insurance Companies, New York). "Remember? Adventure for a Dime." With miniature reproductions of seventeen nickel novel covers.


Chicago Daily News, Pictorial Section, March 13, 1943. "How Chicago Advertised its Wickedness." With five sensational pictures from the collection of Joseph T. Ryerson.
Newsweek, April, 1943, 70-72. An illustrated article on the Nick Carter stories.
Worcester Telegram, October 23, 1943. "Fair Enough," by Westbrook Pegler.
Boston Sunday Post, November 14, 1943. "Novels Like Elinor Glyn's no Longer Appeal to Lovelorn." About Laura Jean Libbey, etc.
Boston Sunday Post, November 21, 1943. "Dime Novels Dad Read Secretly Get into Library at Last." The Star, Marion, Ohio, December 1, 1943. Tells of the collection of Cloyd N. Sautter.
St. Louis Globe Democrat, December 5, 1943. Eight illustrations of nickel novels in the rotogravure section.
Lewiston Journal (magazine section), Maine, December 24, 1943. "Dime Novels are Exciting Tales."
New York Journal-American, December 26, 1943. "New York Cavalcade" by Louis Sobol. About Gilbert Patten.


New York Journal-American, January 4, 1944. "New York Cavalcade" by Louis Sobol. A letter from an Albany reader in regard to Sobol's article of December 26, 1943.
Boston Sunday Post, January 16, 1944. "Reckless Ralph Loves his Dime Novels," by Frank G. Jason. With two pictures of Ralph Cummings and five covers.
Wool Gatherer, January 5, 1944. "Eli Messier, Andrews Mill Worker, Collects Dime Novels as his Hobby." Two portraits of a Massachusetts collector.
Lewiston (Maine) Journal, February 5, 1944. "Some of Col. Ingraham's Dime Novels had Maine Backgrounds." A write-up of Colonel Prentiss Ingraham and his father.
Gould Battery News, (Depew, N.Y.), February, 1944, 2-3, 13-14. "Crack! Crack! Crack! Three More Redskins Bit the Dust," by Talbot C. Hatch. With twelve illustrations of miscellaneous nickel novel covers.
Chicago Sun, March 2, 1944. "Dime Novel Lover's Hoard now Worth 100,000 Dimes." A short article with more misinformation than truth about the collection of Albert Johannsen.
Providence (R. I.) Journal, March 12, 1944. "Dime Novel Prophet."
Providence (R. I.) Journal, March 26, 1944. "East Blackstone Man has Study Packed with Thrillers of Old." With a picture of Eli A. Messier.
Lone Indian Magazine, March, 1944. "Birth of the Dime Novel" by Walter Pannell.
Lewiston Evening Journal, April 17, 1944. "Collecting Fascinating Hobby" by Samuel E. Conner.
Woonsocket Call, May 6, 1944. "Pyramids 4 Dime Novels" by Eli A. Messier.
New York Times Book Review, July 2, 1944. "Horatio Alger, Jr., and Ragged Dick" by Stewart Holbrook. With illustrations of the covers of three Alger books and a portrait.
Los Angeles Times, July 2, 1944. "Man Holds Dime Novel Treasure in Americana" by John Selby. Speaks of Bragin's accumulation of novels.
Boston Sunday Post, July 2, 1944. "Has Dime Novel Collection of 20,000 Volumes Gathered by Special Staff of Searchers. Not Hobby, but Big Business" by John Selby. Same as preceding.
Houston (Texas) Post, July 2, 1944. "20,000 Dime Novels Rest in Brooklyn" by John Selby. Same as preceding.
Milwaukee Journal, July 8, 1944. "Dime Novel King is Shy, Not Like Favorite Heroes" by John Selby. Same as preceding.
Hartford Courant, July 9, 1944. Same article as preceding.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, July 9, 1944. Same as preceding. Buffalo Evening News, October 14, 1944. "Buffalohian's Dime Novel Worth $500." Same as preceding.
Philadelphia Record, August 28, 1944. "Connie Could Use Him Now." A write-up of Frank Merriwell and his baseball team.
Beloit (Wisconsin) Daily News, November 29, 1944. "Historical Society has Annual Dinner." The special talk of the evening was on "Beadle & Adams, and Their Dime and Nickel Novels" by Albert Johannsen.
Ibid., December 1, 1944. "The Dime Novel," an editorial.
Chicago Daily Tribune, December 23, 1944. "Why Boys Left Home, 1890." In Charles Collins' Column, "A Line o' Type or Two."


Chicago Daily News, January 16, 1945. "Frank Merriwell's Creator, 77, Dies on West Coast."
Chicago Daily Tribune, January 17, 1945. "Burt Standish, 'Merriwell's' Creator, Dies."
New York Times, January 18, 1945. "G. Patten created Frank Merriwell." Obituary with portrait.
Chicago Daily Tribune, January 19, 1945. "Boys will be Boys," in "A Line o' Type or Two."
Chicago Journal of Commerce, January 19, 1945. "Frank Merriwell," editorial.
Chicago Sun, January 20, 1945. "A Real Author" by Dale Harrison.
Chicago Sun, January 22, 1945. "How Come the Merriwell Boys are not in Baseball's Hall of Fame?" in Warren Brown's column, "So They Tell Me."
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1945. "Frank Merriwell Lore" by "Jurgen Peter Krag," in "A Line o' Type or Two." A correction to the date given under "Boys will be Boys," in the same column, January 19.
Boston Sunday Globe, January 28, 1945. "New England now 'Gold Coast' to Collectors of Dime Novels" by Robert Playfair. Considerable misinformation about the value of dime novels.
Newsweek. XXV, No. 3, January 29, 1945, 44-46. "Mr. Frank Merriwell." An item about Patten and the stories in Tip Top Weekly. Portrait of Patten and pictures of two covers of novels.
Coronet, March, 1945, 76-78. "Wonder Boy of the Wild West," by Richard Sharpe. A short disparaging article about "Ned Buntline" and "Buffalo Bill."
Brand Book, the Westerners, Denver Posse, April, 1945. Reprinted in the bound volume I, Denver, 1946. "The Wild West; or, Beadle's Dime Novels," pp. 25-37, by Colin B. Goodykoontz.
Publishers' Weekly, CXLVII, No. 20, May 19, 1945, pp. 2022-23. "News from the Rare Book Sellers," by Jacob Blanck. A short article mentioning the first Deadwood Dick tale.
New York World-Telegram, July 31, 1945. "Old Bite-the-Dust Thrillers revived by Dime Novel Club," by Douglas Gilbert. With a cut of one cover and two mastheads.
Saturday Review of Literature, XXVIII, No. 41, October 13, 1945, 30-31. " 'You are a Cheap Cad,' he said," by Stewart Holbrook. About Gilbert Patten and the Merriwells.
Chicago Sun Book-Week, October 21, 1945. "Recalling the Exciting Old Dime Novels" by Jack Conroy. With two illustrations of "library" covers.
Collier's Weekly, November 24, 1945. "For Boys Only," by Oden and Olivia Meeker. With illustrations in color of five covers.
Saturday Review of Literature, XXVIII, No. 51, December 22, 1945. "The Merriwell Boys." Short comment by A. Donald Weston.


True Magazine, April, 1946. "Crack! Bang! Crack! Bersherhacker Ben Rides Again, and Fred Fearnot, in these Wonderful Old Dime Novels" by Richard Hauser.
St. Paul Pioneer Press, magazine supplement, May 5, 1946. "Dime Novel Collector, St. Paulite, has 30,000 Volumes" by Kathryn German. Speaks of George H. Hess, Jr.'s collection, with three portraits of Hess and illustrations of numerous covers of nickel novels.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16, 1946. "Quest for Rare Dime Novels" by T. Bird. Pictures of C. G. Mayo and four covers.
New York Sunday Mirror, June 23, 1946. "Diamond Dick Returns" by Hal Burton. With four illustrations of covers.
Saturday Evening Post, August 3, 1946. "Bang! Bang! Bang! Three Redskins Bit the Dust" by Pete Martin. With colored portrait of Charles Bragin and six covers in colors.
American Mercury, September, 1946, 294-303. "Salute to Buffalo Bill" by Stewart H. Holbrook.
Reader's Digest, November, 1946, 135-38. A short condensation of the preceding item.
The Sunday News, Lancaster, Pa., December 22, 1948. "Santa's a Centenarian." A page of pictures from Raymond L. Caldwell's collection of magazines.

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, State Historical Association, Austin, Texas, XLIX, No. 3, January, 1946, 327-40. "SubLiterature of the Lone Star State" by J. C. Dykes.


The New York Times, Book Section, February 9, 1947. An item in which Upton Sinclair mentions his efforts as a dime novelist for Street and Smith. He used the pen name "Lieut. Frederick Garrison, U.S.A." in The Starry Flag Weekly and The True Blue Library.
American Mercury,
LXIV, May, 1947, 599-605. "Life and Times of Ned Buntline" by Stewart H. Holbrook. A somewhat inaccurate account of Ned Buntline's activities.
The Antiquer, June, 1947. "Dime Novels" by Clarence M. Fink. A write-up of Ralph F. Cummings' collection.
Worcester (Mass.) Sunday Telegram, Feature Parade section, August 10, 1947. "Dime Novels, Now Worth $4,000" by Jack Deedy. About the Clyde Wakefield collection, with 5 illustrations of novels and a portrait.
Miami (Florida) Daily News, December 7, 1947. "Bang! Bang! Bang! Diamond Dick Rides Again!" by Marion Pote.
Grit, December 7, 1947. "Dime Thrillers of Dad's Day Win Respectability with Age."


Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1948. "A Pinkerton Mystery" in Charles Collins' column, "A Line o' Type or Two." About the authorship of the Pinkerton novels.
Chicago Tribune, February 9, 1948. "At 91, Mrs. Dey Keeps Up with World's Events. Widow of Detective Story Author Still Writes." Three-fourths of a column news item about the second Mrs. Dey, who "had a hand in more than 1,000 Nick Carter stories after marrying Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey in 1898."
Chicago Tribune, February 10, 1948. "Glimpse of a Ghost" by John O. Brown, in Charles Collins' column, "A Line o' Type or Two." About Allen Pinkerton's ghost writers. Mentions Joseph Henderson as the writer of the later Pinkerton books.
Chicago Tribune, February 13, 1948. Same "collumn" as preceding. "More About Pinkerton." Thinks that Pinkerton himself either wrote or dictated a certain number of the books published under his name.
Necromancer, Vol. I, No. 2, March, 1948. "The First Science Fiction Periodical" by Bob Frazier. Has a picture of Frank Reade Library, No. 75, "Frank Reade, Jr. and His Flying Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift in the Frozen Sky."
Worcester (Mass.) Sunday Telegram, Feature Parade section, June 20, 1948. "The Curious Saga of Leominster's 'Buckskin Sam,' author of Dime Novel Thrillers" by Nicholas Zook." A biographical sketch of Buckskin Sam Hall, with two humorous drawings.
†"Providence (R.I.) Journal.", October 17, 1948. "Collection of 16,566 Dime Novels Owned by Spindle City Father and Son." Picture of Tilman LeBlanc and his son Edward.
Time, LIT, No. 21, November 22, 1948, 108-109. "A Study in Scarlet. Boys Will be Boys" by E. S. Turner.
Chicago Tribune, Graphic Section, December 5, 1948. "The Real Calamity Jane" by Stewart Holbrook. With photographs of Calamity Jane, Scout C. S. Stobie, and Capt. Jack Crawford. Abstract of "Little Annie Oakley and Other Rugged People," Macmillan Co., New York, 1947.


The Sunday Sentinel-Star (Orlando, Fla.), January 2, 1949. "Winter Visitor has Rare 'Novel' Collection" by Sumner Rand. With photograph of Albert Johannsen and the cover of a Half-Dime Library.
(Neb.) Tribune, January 14, 1949. "Comic Book Gets Youth Corruption Blame Formerly on Dime Novel, Book Asserts."
Chicago Sunday Tribune, Magazine of Books, January 16, 1949. "Books Alive" by Vincent Starrett. Mentions Thomas Henry Foster's "Beadles, Bibles and Bibliophiles."
Worcester Evening Gazette, January 17, 1949. "Popularity All Gone; Alger, Dead 50 Years, Neglected in Natick (Mass.)."
New York Herald-Tribune, Weekly Book Review, February 6, 1949. "The Reader's Guide" by May Lamberton Becker devotes nearly three columns to the milder types of boys' books, especially those of Oliver Optic, Kirk Munroe, and others.
Chicago Sunday Tribune, Magazine of Books, February 13, 1949. "Books Alive" by Vincent Starrett. Mentions the forthcoming appearance of the present "Beadle and Adams" book.
Antiquarian Bookman, February 26, 1949, 617—18. "The Saturday Star Weekly Journal" by George H. Hess, Jr. Describes the contents of Volume I of Beadle's Saturday Journal.
April, 1949. "Deadwood Dick to Superman" by Richard B. Gehman. A condensed version appeared in Science Digest, June, 1949, 52-57.
The Western Brand Book, Chicago Posse, VI, June, 1949. "Legends of the Missouri and the Mississippi" by Franklin J. Meine. Gives a list of the different sketches as they originally appeared in the Daily Missouri Republican (St. Louis) between April 12 and November 8, 1858.
The Palimpsest, XXX, June 1949, 169-208. A publication of the State Historical Society of Iowa. Contains three articles on dime novels and several illustrations. "Collecting Dime Novels" by T. Henry Foster; "The Beadles and Their Novels" by Frank Luther Mott; and "Pioneer Iowa in Beadle Fiction" by Vera I. Marr.
New York Sunday Times, August 14, 1949. "In the Nick of Time" by L. S. Seidman, with pictures of various last minute rescues in nickel novels.
Chicago Herald-American, September 4, 1949. "Thrills of Old Chicago. Dime Novel Misleading Title. They Sold for Nickel" by Bob Casey. Very sketchy article about the later novels, with a previously published portrait of Albert Johannsen.
Des Moines Sunday Register, October 9, 1949. "Coomes Tales Now Collected."
Collier's Weekly, October 15, 1949, 32. "Blood and Thunder" by Richard B. Gehman. With a portrait of Raymond L. Caldwell who estimates that he has about 60,000 different issues. of dime and nickel novels and story papers.
The San Diego Union, December 25, 1949. "Dime Novels have Allure after Years." About Ray Mengar's collection, with portrait and pictures of some covers.
The Canton (Ohio) Repository, December 25, 1949. "Reprints Cost a Dollar. Dime Novels Never Carried 10 Cent Price Tag." With portrait of Joseph Krajic.


Esquire, February, 1950. "Grandfather Liked Them Gory" by Raymond L. Andrews. Four illustrations.

Kansas City Star, January 29, 1950. "Recalling a Literary Bad Boy of the Eighties" by Webster Withers. Sketch of Archibald Clavering Gunter.
New York Times, March 19, 1950. "Dime Novel Writers" by Kenneth W. Scott. About some Nick Carter authors.
Kansas City Times, March 27, 1950. "Tall Tales of the James Boys told in a Flood of 'Yellow-Back' Books."
Story Paper Collector, No. 38, April, 1950, 170. Short biography of Ralph Cummings.
Publishers' Auxiliary, April 22, 1950. "Two Little Flowers? Illinois Editor Asks." An article by Eimo Scott Watson in his "After Deadline Column." Refers to Ned Buntline's activity as an editor in Illinois.
Publishers' Auxiliary, May 6, 1950. "Two Hits and Errors in Buntline Research" by Eimo Scott Watson.
Publishers' Weekly, May 20, 1950, 2134-38. "The Bonanza Boys from Buffalo; or, The Beadles and Their Books" by John T. Winterich. In this five-page review of "The House of Beadle and Adams," the reviewer says: "At $20 [the book] is a bargain. It is a knowledgeable and comprehensive study, and Shakespeare couldn't ask for a nicer—a superb and distinguished contribution to the literature of popular literature."
Baltimore News-Post, May 24, 1950. Review of the "Beadle book."1
Winter Park (Florida) Herald. May 25, 1950. A note on the Beadle book. "Dr. Johannsen's Book on Dime Novels." About a display of old dime and nickel novels at the Sandspur Bookshop.
Meadville (Pa.) Tribune-Republican, May 26, 1950. Review of the Beadle book by W. G. Rogers.
Antiquarian Bookman, May 27, 1950, 1559—60. Jacob Blanck reviews the Beadle book in "A Monument in Bibliography." He says: "To give this stimulating bibliography the descriptives it so thoroughly deserves, one is obliged to turn to Hollywood's uninhibited blurb-writers; this bibliography is stupendous, it's colossal, it's terrific. And it has left us breathless. The book is a typographic model designed and produced under the direction of no less a typographer and printer than Will Ransom.... No social historian of the 19th century can escape consulting Johannsen."
Fort Worth Press, May 27, 1950. Review of the Beadle book by C. L. Douglas.
Kansas City Star, May 27, 1950. Review of the Beadle book by W. G. Rogers.
New York Times, May 28, 1950. A full-page review of the Beadle book by David L. Cohn, on the front page of the book section of the Times. One illustration." [This book] is a superb piece of Americana. No man with graying hair can arise from a reading of it without a feeling of warming melancholy for his lost youth, and the simple, artless America that he knew."
New York Herald-Tribune, May 28, 1950. A full front-page review of the Beadle book by Stewart Holbrook. Two illustrations. "No one could hesitate in terming this the definitive work on Beadle and Adams. . . . It is a monumental work."
Atlanta Constitution, May 28, 1950. A review of the Beadle book by Sam F. Lucchese. "This set of books really turns back the clock."
Chicago Tribune, May 28, 1950. Vincent Starrett, in his column "Books Alive" says:
"This handsome two volume monograph is a work of prodigious scholarship and extraordinary entertainment. Just as a picture book it is fascinating; for collectors of Americana, libraries, and book-sellers it is, of course, invaluable."
Amarillo (Texas) News, May 28, 1950. A review of the Beadle book.
Binghamfiton (N.Y.) Press, May 28, 1950. A review by W. G. Rogers.
Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer, May 28, 1950. Same review as preceding.
Dallas News, May 28, 1950. Lon Tinkle says of the Beadle book: "This is indisputably a notable contribution to the records of American culture."
Columbia (S. C.) State, May 28, 1950. A review of the Beadle book.
Durham Morning Herald, May 28, 1950. Reviews by W. G. Rogers in this and the four succeeding newspapers, all of same date.
Sunday Oklahoman, Oklahoma City. (4 illustrations).
Richmond Times-Dispatch. Tulsa World. Phoenix Republic.
Oakland Post-Enquirer, May 28, 1950. Review of the Beadle book, unsigned.
Newsweek, May 29, 1950. An unsigned review of the Beadle book says: "It is almost indispensable for publishers, critics, and students of American popular taste." Two illustrations.
New York Herald Tribune, May 29, 1950. A review of the Beadle book by Lewis Gannett. One illustration.
Dime Novel Round-Up, XVIII, No. 212, May, 1950, 39. "Ages of Beadle Authors" by Albert Johannsen. Gives the minimum and maximum ages at death and the average life of the male and female Beadle writers. For 143 male writers the maximum, average, and minimum ages were 91, 64.32, and 31; for 44 female writers, 94, 67.77, and 40.
Springfield (Mass.) Republican, June 4, 1950. Review by W. G. Rogers.
Paterson (N. J.) Call, June 3, 1950. Review of the Beadle book.
Boston Herald, June 4, 1950. Alice Dixon Bond in a review of the Beadle book says:
"A scholarly but entertaining piece of Americana."
Chicago Tribune, June 4, 1950. "A valuable contribution to Americana," said Edward Wagenknecht in a review of the Beadle book. "It holds endless hours of delight for all who love the American past. And though it costs $20, it is still one of the cheapest books of the year for what you get." Two illustrations.
Washington (D. C.) Star, June 4, 1950. Said Edwin Tribble in a review of the Beadle book: "This is one of the most important pieces of Americana in years. There's been nothing like this in its field." One illustration.
Cincinnati Enquirer, June 10, 1950. Gordon Hendrickson, reviewing the Beadle book says: "Johannsen has performed a major service to collectors." One illustration.
Saturday Review, June 10, 1950. John T. Winterich says in a review of the Beadle book: "If there was an annual prize for bibliography (and there ought to be), these comely and brilliant twins should win the 1950 award hands down." With pictures of Deadwood Dick and Johannsen as cover girls and with a portrait of the latter in the text.
St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, June n, 1950. A review of the Beadle book by W. G. Rogers.
San Francisco Chronicle, June 11, 1950. David Magee said in a review of the Beadle book: "Professor Johannsen has accomplished a Herculean task, and has done it superlatively well. . . . To say that he is accurate is an understatement. Probably never before has a bibliography of this magnitude been compiled with such care. It is difficult to praise too highly his industry, his scholarship, and still better, his complete readability. Bibliographies are . . . scarcely matter for beach or bed reading. Here is the exception. . . . If one does not expect to find entertainment in a bibliography, certainly one does not expect to find humor in one. Here again is the exception. The book is sprinkled with Dr. Johannsen's happy asides." Five illustrations are given.
Sunday Sun, Baltimore, June 11, 1950. "The Little Man Who Wasn't Here" by James H. Bready. With two illustrations of Tip Top Weeklies and a portrait of Gilbert Patten.
Houston Post, June 18, 1950. W. G. Rogers says: "One of the most distinguished pieces of American publishing in recent years." The same review appeared in many other Associated Press papers.
Los Angeles Times, June 18, 1950. Don Guzman, in a review of the Beadle book says: "The reviewer believes that the first edition—which may be the only one—will be worth $35 to $50 in a very short time."
Baltimore Evening Sun, June 24, 1950. Said William E. Wilson in a review of the Beadle book: "These two books really leave nothing to be desired.... The merit of these volumes lies not only in their completeness but equally in the very beautiful format in which the University of Oklahoma Press has presented them."
Washington (D. C.) Post, June 25, 1950. In his review of this book, John Barkham said:
"Mr. Johannsen has rendered a noble service not only in exhuming a vanished literature, but in reviving a nostalgia for boyhoods long past. . . . These two handsome volumes will appeal to the boy in every oldster. Perhaps time has lent enchantment to the view, but it cannot be denied that even now this stuff makes rousing reading."
Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 25, 1950. A review of the Beadle book by W. G. Vorpe, with one illustration.
Minneapolis Tribune, June 25, 1950. A review of this book by Clifford D. Simak, with one illustration.
Roanoke (Va.) Times, June 25, 1950. Another review of this book.
San Diego Union, June 25, 1950. Another review of this book.
Wichita (Kan.) Beacon, June 25, 1950. Another review of this book.
Dime Novel Round-Up, June, 1950, No. 213. Another review of this book.
Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune, July 1, 1950. Another review of this book.
The Antiquarian Bookman, July 1, 1950. "Who Said That?" by Jacob Blanck. Speaks of the use of "bit the dust" for violent death as early as 1864, and mentions suggestions where earlier use of it might be found.
The Sunday News, Lancaster, Pa., July 2, 1950. "Dime Novel Desperadoes 'At Home' in Lancaster." Describes R. L. Caldwell's collection of 60,000 items of dime-novel literature. With a portrait of Caldwell holding Volume I of The House of Beadle and Adams, and with illustrations of one wrapper and a front page of The Saturday Journal.
Pittsburgh Press, July 2, 1950. A review of the Beadle book by George Swetnam.
Portland Oregonian, July 2, 1950. A review of the Beadle book by Stewart Holbrook, with six illustrations in color.
St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 5, 1950. A review of this book by John H. Harvey, with two illustrations.
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Free Lance, July 6, 1950. A review by A. J. Crockett.
Time, July 10, 1950. A review of the Beadle book with one colored and one black and white illustration.
Albany Times Union, July 14, 1950. Another review of the Beadle book.
London Times, July 14, 1950. The anonymous reviewer says of the Beadle book: "A glorious book. . . . It is difficult to think of an almost entirely unexplored area in publishing history which has so deservedly attracted such an admirably enthusiastic, pertinaceous, and businesslike explorer."
Baltimore News Post, July 15, 1950. Another review of the Beadle book.
Detroit Times, July 15, 1950. Another review.
Los Angeles Examiner, July 15, 1950. Another review.
San Francisco Examiner, July 15, 1950. Another review.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 15, 1950. A review of the Beadle book.
Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph, July 15, 1950. Another review.
New York Journal American, July 15, 1950. Another review.
Phoenix Republic, July 23, 1950. Another review.
Winston-Salem Twin City Sentinel, July 23. A review with one illustration.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 30, 1950. J. E. Molloy said of these books: "These two volumes, intended to be a storehouse of facts, dates, and other data for collector and scholar, sparkle with unexpected entertainment and exceedingly readable writing. The University of Oklahoma Press gathers to itself special glory for one of the season's handsomest books, beautifully designed and illustrated, a worthy format for a book of such distinction." One illustration.
Antiquarian Bookman, July 29, 1950. Finds the expression "bit the dust" used by Bernard Lile in 1856. The Oxford Dictionary mentions its use by C. J. Anderson in 1856 in speaking of a lion hunt. "A Fur Trader" used "lick the dust" in 1853.
Library Journal, July. A review of the Beadle book by Donald Wasson.
The Sunday News, Lancaster, Pa., August 6, 1950. "1885 Novelette Bolstered Legend of Abe Buzzard." With a portrait of Abe Buzzard and a picture of the cover of Old Cap Collier Library No. 153.
Chicago Tribune, August 15, 1950. Vincent Starrett in the "Line o' Type" column, summarizes the information on "bit the dust" to date.
Fort Worth Star, August 20, 1950. Pauline Taylor says of the Beadle book: "A superb achievement, a tremendous piece of research in a distinct field of literature, and a typographical masterpiece."
Boston Post, August 20, 1950. A review by A. F. Donnell of the Beadle book.
Chicago Tribune, August 24, 1950. Vincent Starrett in the "Line o' Type" column mentions the use of "bit the dust" in Harper's Magazine, September, 1851. It occurs in The Golden Era, San Francisco, March 18, 1855, and in the San Francisco Bulletin, October 27, 1856. Starrett also mentions some similar phrases, such as "bites the bloody sand" and "bites the ground."
Book Review Digest, August, 1950. A review of the Beadle book.
National Police Gazette, August, 1950. "More Proof. Murder of Jesse James a Hoax." With pictures of Jesse James and Frank Dalton.
Chicago Tribune, September 2, 1950. In the "Line o' Type" column. "Bit the dust" (variants not counted) occurs for the first time in Mrs. Stephens' "Malaeska" which was published in The Ladies' Companion in February, 1839, and was reprinted as Dime Novel No. 1, June, 1860. Reference is also made in this item to the expressions "lick the dust" and "eat the dust" in the Bible. (To date then, the expression has been traced in the form "bit the dust" back no farther than Mrs. Stephens in 1839. Nine years later it is found in Blackwood's Magazine, September, 1848, 300.)
Chicago Sun-Times, October 8, 1950. Jack McPhaul reviews the Beadle book in an article which is illustrated with three cuts and an unrecognizable portrait.
The Month at Goodspeeds, October, 1950. "One of the most fascinating and definitive achievements ever presented to the collecting genus of mankind."
Chicago Sunday Tribune, December 3, 1950. Vincent Starrett and Edward Wagenknecht lists this book as one of the "Ten Books of the Year."
New York Herald-Tribune, December 3, 1950. Stewart Holbrook lists the Beadle book as one of the three "Outstanding Books of 1950" which he liked best.
Mississippi Valley Historical Review, Lincoln, Nebraska, December, 1950. Reviews the Beadle book.
The Sunday News, Lancaster, Pa., December 31, 1950. "Old and New Clinch as '51 Leads with Its Right." Picture of R. L. Caldwell in his library. Short articles about Christmas story papers of the past.


Oakland Tribune, January 14, 1951. Reviews the Beadle book.
New York Herald-Tribune, January 18, 1951. "The Old Heroes of Dime Novels Ride Again" by Robert S. Bird. Announces the forthcoming exhibition of dime novels by the New York Public Library. Illustration of the first page of ]esse James Stories, No. I, and eight other covers.
New York Herald-Tribune, January 20, 1951. "The Book-of-the-Dime-Days." The forthcoming exhibit of dime novels at the New York Public Library is again announced.
Missouri Historical Review, Columbia, Mo., XLV, No. 2, 196, January. Reviews the Beadle book.
Grand Rapids Press, February 2, 1951. "Dime Novels—Collector's Items." With a portrait of Albert Murdo Doezema, who is here said to own the only six dime novels known in Grand Rapids.
Chicago Tribune, February 4,1951. Vincent Starrett in his "Books Alive" column, speaks of the first use of the word "sleuth" for detective. "Sleuth hound" was used by Froude in 1856 to designate a keen pursuer. Harlan Page Halsey used "sleuth" for detective ("Books Alive," January 11). For Munro's claim to the term and his suit against Beadle and Adams, see The House of Beadle and Adams, I, 67.
The Saturday Evening Post, February 10, 1951. "The Rebellious Parson" by Henry F. and Katharine Pringle. About Horatio Alger, Jr., and his books. Adds very little to the information in Herbert R. Mayes biography of Alger.
Times-Herald, Dallas, Texas, February 18, 1951. "Lowly Dime Novel Finds Success in Attic" by Frank Chappell, with a portrait of Tyrus N. Hill, and pictures of a portion of his collection.
Sunday News, Brooklyn (N. Y. Section), February n, 1951. "Nick Carter's Story by His Boss' Widow" by David Gorden. About Mrs. John R. Coryell, who was ninety-three years old on March 12, 1951.
Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass., March 10, 1951. "Ricocheting Bullets of the Dime Novels Come to Rest in the Athenaeum's Vaults" by Derry D'Oench. Several cuts of dime-novel covers.
Westerners' Brand Book, Chicago Corral, April, 1951. Lists the Beadle book at the top of the list of the ten best Western books of 1950.
Evening Gazette, Worcester, Mass., October 29, 1951. "Horatio Alger, Jr., Books reflect in Author-reformer Similarity to Harriet Beecher Stowe" by Westbrook Pegler.


Chicago Tribune, January 16, 1952. Will Leonard's "Tower Ticker" column. An article on the Frank Merriwell stories, with a portrait of Gilbert Patten.
Greenville (S. C.) News, March 9, 1952. "Magazines are Lurid beyond Comparison with Dime Novels of a Past Generation" by Herbert Johnson. Mostly about the modern 25-cent novels.
Greenville (S. C.) News, March 30, 1952. "Superman not so New. Superman, Science Fiction were Themes of Dime Novels" by Herbert Johnson. About the collection of Wallace H. Waldrop, with an illustration of Frank Reads Library No. 1.
Ford Times Magazine, March, 1952. "Jesse James Died Here." Illustration.
Pageant Magazine, June, 1952. "Let's Not Libel Jesse James."
Daily Record, Boston, November 27, 1952. "Alger, Optic, Honored." A petition filed on behalf of Judge Daniel Gillen of Boston, asks that the works of Horatio Alger and Oliver Optic be placed in the State House as a memorial to these two Massachusetts authors.
Saturday Evening Post, December 6, 1952. "There was Expert Space Predicting long before the Buck Rogers' Era," by P. J. Moran.


New York Times, February 1, 1953. "Frank Merriwell Rises from Ashes." About a New York Merriwell Club.
Los Angeles Times, Sunday, February 8, 1953, part 2, page 5. "The Dime Novel could be had for a Nickel" by Ray Zeman. Two illustrations of Nick Carter covers.
Lincolnton (N. C.) Times, March 30, 1953. "Worth $400. Local Man collects Dime Novels." About Albert Farmer's collection.
Dime Novel Round-Up, April 15, 1953, No. 247, pp. 27—29. "Is Interest in Dime Novels Dying?" by George T. Flaum.
Providence Sunday Journal, July 19, 1953. "He Makes his Dime Novel Hobby Pay for Itself," by Robert N. Cool. About Eli Messier's collection. Portrait of Eli.


Chicago Tribune, January 8, 1954. "Buffalo Bill's Suit for Divorce Recalled" by Arthur Sears Henning. Portraits of Buffalo Bill, Katharine Clemens Gould, and E. Z. C. Judson.


North Rhode Island Sunday Star, picture-feature weekly, March 27, 1955. "Remember Nick Carter? No! See Eli Messier." With portrait.
The Daily Messenger, Homestead, Pa., April 1, 1955. "Michael Serdy Enjoys Variety in His Collection. Retired Steel Worker noted as Hobbist." Pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Serdy of Homestead, Pa.
Fall River (Mass.) Herald-News, June 16, 1955. "LeBlanc's Book Collection Rated among the Five Best." Picture of Edward LeBlanc, who had an exhibit of old novels at the Fall River, Massachusetts, Public Library.
Greenville (S. C.) Piedmont, July 5, 1955. "Local Collector's July 4 Holiday spent reading about Liberty Boys of '76," by Hamlin McBee.
Boston Evening American, December 6, 1955. "The Merriwells Again" by Alan Frazer.


American Heritage, February, 1956, VII, Nos. 50—55, 112—113. Mary Noel: "Dime Novels." A popular account with nine colored illustrations of colored-cover novels.
True Magazine, July, 1956. "The Man who built 'Buffler Bill.' " About Ned Buntline, with many illustrations of nickel novel covers.
Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, September 23, 1956. "Dime Novel Days, when Boys were Supermen," by E. V. Durling. With illustration of the steam man.


Dime Novel Round-Up, XXV, No. 298, July 15, 1957. "The Deadwood Dick, Jr., Stories not by Wheeler" by Albert Johannsen. Proves that many if not all of them were written by Jesse C. Cowdrick.


Chicago Daily News, January n, 1958. "Let Go That Damsel—You Viper!" About the Chicago Historical Society exhibit of dime novels. With an illustration of Half Dime Library No. 829, and of Pluck and Luck of September 22, 1909.


Warren Elbridge Price: Catalogue of Paper Covered Books; being a Title-Author-Subject Key to the Publishers, and Retail Prices of All Paper Bound Books now in Print in America. New York, 1905. An earlier edition was published in 1894.

Edmund Pearson: Booths in Black or Red. New York, 1923, 129-38.

Edmund Pearson: Dime Novels; or, Following an Old Trail in Popular Literature. Boston, 1929. A rather facetious account of the nickel and dime novels.

Montague Summers: A Gothic Bibliography. Fortune Press, London, n.d. (1941).

E. S. Turner: Boys will be Boys. Michael Joseph, London, 1948. The book deals with the English "penny dreadfuls." The first part, with the gory murder tale of Sweeney Todd and wholesale cannibalism, and of Sexton Blake and other criminals is more interesting than the rather tame descriptions of the boys' story papers. Some American novels are mentioned, but a reader of the book will get the impression that the Frank Reade and certain other novels are English originals instead of being reprints from the American. After reading the descriptions of the English school boy stories, I'll take Oliver Optic! The English "bloods" continued to be published long after the American were discontinued.

Thomas Henry Foster: Beadles, Bibles and Bibliophiles. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1948. Pages 7 to 16 are devoted to dime novels. The book appeared in a limited edition of 250 copies.

† Henry Nash Smith: Virgin Land. Cambridge, Mass., 1950. Chapters IX and X deal with dime novels. There are eight illustrations of dime-novel covers.

Jack D. Rittenhouse: Dime Novels on Early Oil. Stage Coach Press, Sierra Madre, California, 1951. 8 pp. plus 8 pp. of colored illustrations.

Harold K. Hochschild: Township 34. A History with Digressions of an Adirondack Township in Hamilton County in the State of New York. New York, 1952. Chapter X, 114-48, deals with Ned Buntline. Appendix D, 459—62, is devoted to "Notes on Eagle Nest." Many fine illustrations and portraits. A magnificent book.

Mary Noel: Villains Galore. The Heyday of the Popular Story Weekly. New York, 1954. Deals with the story papers of 1830 to about 1900.

Herschel C. Logan: Buckskin and Satin. Harrisburg, Pa., 1954. The story of John B. Omohundro (Texas Jack) and his wife, Josephine Morlacchi, the actress.

Quentin Reynolds: The Fiction Factory; or, From Pulp Row to Quality Street. New York, 1955. A brief story of the publishing house of Street and Smith, New York, whose output of nickel novels, especially those with colored covers, was enormous.

Albert Johannsen: The Nickel Library.—A Bibliographic Listing, No. 3. Fall River, Mass., 1959. 52 pp. Lists the entire 921 numbers, and tells something about the publishers and the various authors and their pseudonyms.

Don Russell: The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill. Norman, Oklahoma, 1960. 514 pp., 26 illustrations, 4 maps. A carefully documented life of William F. Cody.

Translations of the Foreign Quotations in "The House of Beadle and Adams"


O would the times were as of yore, But they will come back never more. (p. 1)

Like the life of leaves, so is that of man. (p. 7)

Out of much chaff I have gathered but little grain, (p. 15)

You began better than you end. (p. 19)

Civil sedition deeply wounds good will (the right hand of friendship), (p. 38)

They are eternally at variance, (p. 42)

It Finally Reached the Right Person

The old postmaster asked the youth who delivered the mail:

"Have you taken care of the letters?"

"Yes, sir."

"Even of the one addressed to Johann Christian Engle who is apprenticed to the tailor Block? Did you finally discover where he lives."

"Yes, sir," answered the boy after some consideration: "Yes, sir. But with that old letter things at first went badly askew. The matter was very confusing for he does not live in Lager Street, but lives a bit farther along the strand. He does not live on the right side, but on the left. Neither does he live in the third story. No, he lives below in the basement. His master is not the tailor Teller and he himself is not called Christian Engle. No. He is called Anna-Maria Durten Rist, and he is not a tailor's apprentice. No, sir. He is an old wash-woman." (p. 44)

Whom the Gods love, dies young, (p. 47)

All things change, (p. 57)

Everyone believes only that which suits him; he is suspicious of everything else. (p. 61)

Pale Death, with impartial step, comes equally to the hut of the poor and the palace of the rich. (p. 63)

Everything ends that had a beginning, (p. 68)


We will assign to each that which belongs to him. (p.3)

You are not stupid, (p. 8)

All this makes me as stupid as though a millwheel were revolving in my head. (p. 40) No great genius is without some admixture of madness. (p.48)

Distinction sought at the hands of time does not fail. The glory of genius rises superior to the claims of death, (p. 85)

That poet seems to me able to go along a tight rope (knows his business) who with idle talk distresses my heart, influences me, soothes me, fills me with false terrors like a magician, and who sets me down, now at Thebes, now at Athens, (p. 88)

English people, best at weeping, worst at laughing. (p. 92)

Dear God! What cannot such a man think of! (p. 93)

A literary man (man of many letters), (p. 102)

It tires me, for no sooner is it ended than it commences again at the beginning, (p. 112)

That was not true. He saw that that could never have happened (p. 121)

What do you not have to relate! (p. 124)

It is wonderful to be wise! (p. 123)

He spun from himself like a spider, (p. 155)

To be detected is miserable, (p. 165)

When shall we look upon his like again? (p. 167)

It is impossible to please everyone, (p. 183)

In those days applause was genuine (p. 205)

Some good, some mediocre, and much more that's bad. (p. 209)

I am like the weathercocks which only stand in one position when they get rusty, (p. 214)

He is gone. Useless, as useless to sigh for him. (p.222)

She dreams of love while her nails are still soft (or, as we would say, While she is still wet behind the ears), (p. 230)

It does not matter that you were born in a duck's pen if you were hatched from a swan's egg. (p.299)

Let the purchaser beware, for he should not be ignorant of the property he is buying, (p. 323)

Without assistance we search in vain, but here we have the aid of an index, (p. 339)

(Included by request, from an article by the author in the Dime Novel Round-Up, XVIII, No. 215, August, 1950.)

† Corrections made as per Volume 3.


1 In the following list, The House of Beadle and Adams, by, Albert Johannsen, will be called the "Beadle book."

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