“Sea Stories” Found in Dime Novels

Embedded within the Nickels and Dimes collection housed at Northern Illinois University are, at last count, 212 volumes that have stories with the sea as the main backdrop. Thrill to the adventures in Shadow Jack, or, The Spotted Cruiser or find yourself sailing along in The brigantine, or, Admiral Lowe’s last cruise: a tale of 1673. These are not insubstantial stories; many run to over one hundred pages. The prose might be a little florid (but so at times was Marryat’s), but these stories surely give one a taste for the literature that was so popular and ubiquitous at the time. And they are fun to read!


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