Academic journal article Journal of American & Comparative Cultures
Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes: Dime Novels, Series Books, and Paperbacks
Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes: Dime Novels, Series Books, and Paperbacks. Larry E. Sullivan and Lydia Cushman Schurman, eds. The Haworth Press, 1996.
In an era when there is a wonderful proliferation of new, insightful, and important books on popular culture, Sullivan and Schurman's edited collection rises to the occasion and provides us with a beautiful, detailed, though slightly eclectic perspective on topics that have long been of interest to many. Simpy put, the book is a gem in an era of gems. Insights provided by the individual essays are keen and new, and well thought out. Anyone interested in popular literature print media, and library collections of the same needs this book-in other words, each of us. Topics of discussion include dime novels in general and specific serial writers and characters from the same, pulp magazines, Louisa May Alcott, children's series from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, paperbacks, the Hess collection, archives and libraries which house these treasures, and much, much more. …