Category Archives: Edward Sylvester Ellis

Many Hands, Many Voices: Writing, Editing, and Publishing Indian Captivity Narratives, Part 3

by Zabelle Stodola, University of Arkansas at Little Rock The opening parts of Zabelle article are found here: Part I, and Part II Carrie has done such a great job providing specific information about the dime novels based on Josephine Huggins’ … Continue reading

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In Which Real Indians Are Captive to Dime Hero Wanna-bes

Oecetiduta commented on my post, Yellow-back Gold: “Too bad the stories of  ‘Indians’ being held captive are not shared, too.” That is precisely why historians of the western Indian wars need to pay attention to the pop-culture of the 19th century. … Continue reading

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Innocence and Evil

This engraving, titled “The Minnesota Massacre,” faces the title page for Josephine Huggins’s story in Beadle’s Boys’ Book of Romance and Adventure No. 10. Dime publishers had extensive collections of stock artwork they recycled in multiple titles. While the expressions … Continue reading

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Meet “Mrs. Huggins, the Minnesota Captive”

Cover (facsimile) of Beadle and Adams Boys Books of Romance and Adventure, No. 10 containing “The Minnesota Captive,” 1864, as reproduced in the Garland Library of Narratives of North American Indian Captivities, vol. 86, 1978. ***** “When the reader takes … Continue reading

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Yellow-back Gold

Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter by Mrs. Ann E. Stephens, June 1860. Edward S. Ellis’s first dime novel, Seth Jones: Captives of the Frontier, 1860, is said to have been one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite stories. Myrtle: The … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Story of Edward S. Ellis

Edward Sylvester Ellis, 1840-1916 Who was Edward S. Ellis and what made him an authority on Minnesota history? “Wait!” you might protest, “You said Ellis wrote pulp fiction! That is very different from writing history!” Fiction and non-fiction seem like … Continue reading

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Fodder for Pulp Fiction

If Mary Butler Renville’s A Thrilling Narrative of Indian Captivity has the distinction of being the earliest extended Dakota War  narrative to appear in print, Josephine Huggins’s has another: It is the earliest to be co-opted for novelization. Cover, Dime … Continue reading

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