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NoahBriggs
06-12-2007, 04:27 AM
Just found an interesting book on Google Books. It is a book which lists the various dime novels which were available throughout our era.

http://tinyurl.com/22w9bq

Dime novels would be an important part of American popular culture. they were bought by bored travelers, and of course the troops would read them around the campfires and pass them around until they fell apart. They were cheap, fun to read, and often came is a serial format, such as the Barney the Vampyre series.

Here are a few websites on Dime Novels -

Stanford univ. page on penny dreadfuls
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/dp/pennies/home.html

Yahoogroups on dime novels and collecting (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BloodsandDimeNovels/)

Emmanuel Dabney
06-12-2007, 08:02 AM
Bob Sullivan reproduces several Dime books including dressmaking, ballroom dancing, letter writing, and several novels from 1853-1863.

http://www.sullivanpress.com/Civil_war.htm#Civil_War_Era_Books

sbl
06-12-2007, 10:02 AM
Mothers of River City,
Heed that warning before it's too late.
Watch for the telltale signs of corruption.
The minute your son leaves the house,
Does he rebuckle his knickerbockers
Below the knee?
Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger?
A dime novel hidden in the corn crib?
Is he startin' to memorize jokes
From Cap'n Billy's Whizz Bang?
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like...like "swell."
Trouble, trouble...
Ah-ha! And "so's your old man!"
TROUBLE, TROUBLE...
Well, if so, my friends,

Ya got trouble!

Varney the Vampyre: Volume I, The Feast of Blood (Paperback)


http://www.amazon.com/Varney-Vampyre-I-Feast-Blood/dp/1587153645

cookiemom
06-12-2007, 12:31 PM
Mothers of River City,
Heed that warning before it's too late.
Watch for the telltale signs of corruption.
The minute your son leaves the house,
Does he rebuckle his knickerbockers
Below the knee?
Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger?
A dime novel hidden in the corn crib?
Is he startin' to memorize jokes
From Cap'n Billy's Whizz Bang?
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like...like "swell."
Trouble, trouble...
Ah-ha! And "so's your old man!"
TROUBLE, TROUBLE...
Well, if so, my friends,

Ya got trouble!

Varney the Vampyre: Volume I, The Feast of Blood (Paperback)


http://www.amazon.com/Varney-Vampyre-I-Feast-Blood/dp/1587153645
Scott --
Is this really a quote from "Varney?" Sounds like word-for-word from the Broadway musical "The Music Man..."

Or am I confused again?

Ma (whose mis-spent youth catches up with her at the oddest times...)

sbl
06-12-2007, 05:09 PM
No..I was trying to add something of substance...a link to purchasing Varney the Vampyre at Amazon, but it posted kind of close to the lyrics.

I did a quick search for Varney and he's a complicated character.