St. Lawrence University

Adirondack romance fiction began shortly after the influx of tourists came in the early 1870’s. Prior to this point women appear very infrequently in Adirondack fiction, as they generally did not travel to the region for sporting. The presence of romance indicates the increased notoriety of the Adirondacks at this time period. The romance genre has changed significantly throughout the years, mostly in terms of what was and was not socially acceptable at a given point. Though romance is certainly not what one generally thinks of in association with Adirondack literature, it has been one of the most consistent subgenres. Recently, there has been an increase in publication or Adirondack romance, likely because the genre has gained popularity and because of recently formed paperback publishing companies such as Harlequin Romance. Additionally, the ability of authors to self-publish books has likely contributed to the increase.