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Popular Sensation Novels

Sensation novels were a common genre for yellowbacks. They focused on dramatic or shocking themes around crime, mental illness, or romance.

Women Writers

Female authors contributed significantly to yellowback publishing, particularly as authors of sensation fiction.

Anecdotes and Essays

Nonfiction yellowbacks included narrative accounts and sketches.


Travelogues, manuals, and field guides were common nonfiction yellowbacks.

Autobiographies and Memoirs

Yellowback autobiographies and memoirs told the life stories of famous figures and ordinary figures.