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Beadle's Half Dime Novelettes
Beadle and Company
(New York (N.Y.): 141 William St.)
Format : Small Booklet
|Dates:||Dec. 5, 1860|
|Size:||6 5/8" x 4 1/2 "|
|Physical Description:||Orange non-pictorial wrappers.|
|Notes / Commentary:||
"The sudden decision to issue this series, the only number of which appeared December 5, 1860, gave no time to prepare a special novel to fit the 64 pages of this booklet, consequently a manuscript already on hand for the Dime Novel series was cut down to fit. Fortunately, the manuscript of "Myrtle" lent itself perfectly to this revision. The first 30 pages of the Half-Dime Novelette are identical, page for page, with the first 32 pages of the unabridged edition which later appeared as Dime Novel No. 54, the difference of two pages being accounted for by the difference in numbering the first page of the text. The next seven pages of the Novelette and five pages of the Novel differ somewhat, but with the beginning of Chapter VI on page 38 of both Novelette and Novel, the text is identical to the bottom of page 59. The Novelette concludes with pages 60 to 64 which are identical with pages 92 to 96 of the Novel. In the latter, in order to bring it to the length of the usual dime novel, there were inserted on pages 60 to 91 two long digressions containing stories of Myrtle's mother and of why Hugh Fielding was a bachelor.
The abbreviated "Myrtle" reappeared as part of Dime Novel No. 23, which also contained an early abbreviated form of "Winifred Winthrop." When the latter was reprinted with pictorial wrappers, it was expanded to one hundred pages and "Myrtle" was omitted, itself to reappear in expanded form in Dime Novel No. 54, as mentioned above."--Johannsen, A. House of Beadle and Adams and its dime and nickel novels
|Primary Data Source:||Johannsen|
|Data Entry Status:||Done, Believed Complete|
Items1. Myrtle; or, The Child of the Prairie
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