Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Want to review dime novels?

The people behind the Johannsen and LeBlanc dime novel collections at Northern Illinois University invite reviews by scholars, students, and fans of the 19th- and 20th-century dime novels offered on its revamped Web site. They have scanned 335 issues of Nick Carter Weekly among the more than 1000 items in the collections; digitized materials include the following:

Metta Fuller Victor, NYPL
Image from the cover of
Dick, the Boy Lawyer (1909)

 • The Border Rivals, or, The Mill-Flume Mystery (1868) by Metta Fuller Victor (aka Seeley Regester), who wrote The Dead Letter, the first American detective novel

•  Chung Wing, the Chinese Bandit King, or An American Detective in China (1884) by Police Sergeant Mallory

Dick, the Boy Lawyer, or Winning a Big Fee (1909) by
"A Self-Made Man"  

Guilty or Not Guilty, or the Ordeal of Fire: A Tale of Thirty Years Ago (1866) by [Lydia] Ann Emerson Porter, a cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Update, 6-23-15. NIU advises that it plans to add about 200 issues of Nick Carter Weekly to the site within the next month.

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