Beadle's "Dime Novel"
"Dime Novels" were popular fiction tales from the mid to late 19th century. One of the most prolific publishers of these tales was Erastus Beadle (who often published with his partner Robert Adams). The Beadle's Dime Novels first appeared in 1860 and continued through the end of the century, with over 600 novels published. Dime Novels (so named for their typical cost) and yellow, or cheap paper-covered booklets (from which the term "pulp fiction" originates) were widely sold adventure stories that often mined the tales of the great American Western frontier for their stories.
Prentiss Ingraham was one of dozens of authors who penned colorful tales for Beadles & Adams. Unlike some of these often over the top, colorful authors, Ingraham actually spent some time in the West, including time with William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
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