First introduced in 1860 by publishers Beadle and Adams, the dime novel exploited cheap printing, and a broader reading public desirous of sensational tales. The adventures of Buffalo Bill—who was already a legendary figure and international celebrity by the time such publications had reached the height of their fashion—fulfilled many of the desired narrative tropes of the genre. The Buffalo Bill Novels were published from 1916 to 1932 by the Aldine Publishing Company, and ran for 342 issues.
Notably, the now iconic images of adventurous frontier life established through such periodicals—and present here—proved to be an essential source in the later development of the western film aesthetic.
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