[Ads-l] dime-store novel (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 14 14:29:11 EST 2019


Here is a citation from "dime store joke book" in 1921.  Wikipedia has
a complex article for "Dime novel".

Date: January 26, 1921
Newspaper: The Washburn Review
Newspaper Location: Topeka, Kansas
Section: Student Opinion
Quote Page 2, Column 4
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
A LITERARY PAGE.

In nearly every student, there is a literary vein to which a certain
kind of reading material appeals. Why doesn't the Review cater to it?

In our estimation, too much space is devoted to paragraphs, which add
spice and pep to the paper if mixed in with more balanced reading
matter; but when taken almost entirely alone, cheapen the paper and
put it on a par with a dime store joke book.
[End excerpt]

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 2:06 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hmm.  That would be before lurid paperbacks.
>
> JL
>
> On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 2:02 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM
> AMRDEC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:
>
> > CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
> >
> > _Columbus [OH] Telegram_ 30 Apr 1930 p 1 col 7
> > "While the gems found in Nebraska in no way rival the famous blue and pink
> > pearls of the dime-store novels, the Nebraska pearls sell on eastern
> > markets for as much as $50 a grain, depending on the shape, color and
> > luster of the gems."
> >
> > > ----
> > >
> > > As "only worth a dime".
> > >
> > > Mark
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 8:17 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > I mentioned this rationalization of "dime novel" back in 2005 and
> > > > again in 2007. I heard it more than once from a student in 1992.
> > > >
> > > > Joshua Green, CNN Political Analyst, has just characterized the
> > > > current WH intrigue as "something in a dime-store novel."
> > > >
> > > > With the eclipse of dime-stores, however, the idea will have to be
> > > > rationalized again.
> > > >
> > > >
> > CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
> >
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