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The Nineteenth-Century Dime Western, Boyhood, and Empowered Adolescence

Martin Woodside

an avid fan of dime novels, so much so that he had nicknamed himself “Kansas Charley.” The murder made tantalizing headlines, playing on the fears of anxious middle-class parents and pedagogues. One report warns that despite “his extreme youth

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Diederik F. Janssen

received much of researchers’ attention (despite substantial attention to dime novels and boys’ literature of this period). Woodside chronicles how Beadle & Adams Half Dime Library, catering to the boy demographic for more than 28 years between 1877 and