The Five Cent Wide Awake Library was published by Frank Tousey based in New York, USA.
Published weekly from 1878 to 1896 it ran for a total of over 1350 issues.
It featured mainly western and adventure stories.
Tousey was the first publisher to issue a dime novel featuring Jesse James, The Train Robbers; or, a Story of the James Boys, which appeared in No. 440 of the Wide Awake Library. The dime novel was written by John R. Musick under the name W. D. Stevens.
Not only first on the scene, Tousey also became a major source of output for the James tales in dime novels. He even created a series called James Boys Weekly.