"The Dime Novel in American Literature" (1907)
"THE dime novel was not always as black as it is now
painted, we are told by an investigator in this by-channel
of American literature. Indeed, if we do it justice, this
class of fiction, now so much reprobated, must be given
an important place in the literature of this country."
"As editor I sought the best work of the best writers in
that particular field of fiction. . . All was up to an excel-
lent standard of literary merit. The detective- and love-
story came later, when rank competition on the ten-cent
trade made it seem necessary to introduce these
"The black man disappeared from dime novels with
Appomattox, but the Indian held on with almost un-
diminished tenacity until 1876. He gave way, finally,
before the cowboy and the detective; but at the
present time the latter has almost undisputed sway
of the stage."
- "The Dime Novel in American Literature"
- THE LITERARY DIGEST
- July 20, 1907
"In certain directions the detective tale has attractions
for writers and readers beyond those offered by the
average Indian story. The white 'bad man' is more
versatile in his badness than is his red or yellow coun-
terpart. His field of activities is far wider."
- Charles M. Harvey
- "The Dime Novel in American Life"
- THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY
- July 1907
- Message #30035