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Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger, Jr. was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1832, the son of a Unitarian minister. He received a strict upbringing and was educated for a life in the church, graduating from Harvard in 1852.

After leaving Harvard, Alger, to his father's disappointment, took a job as a historian in Middlesex County, Massachusetts and later worked as a teacher at a boys' boarding school in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He traveled in Europe for a year, and then returned to the United States in 1857 to complete his studies at the Cambridge Divinity School.

In 1864 Alger was ordained a minister at the...

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Ragged Dick
Written by Horatio Alger, Introduction by David K. Shipler
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2005
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7358-7 (0-8129-7358-5)

“[Alger] was an utterly American artist . . . and the truth of his books is the truth of the power of the wish. . . . Alger was perhaps American capitalism’s greatest and most effective propagandist.”–Richard WrightIntroduction by David K. ShiplerWritten to inspire schoolboys to strive for “honesty, industry, frugality... Read more






Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward
Written by Horatio Alger, Introduction by Carl Bode
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 1985
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-039033-9 (0-14-039033-2)

From the 1860's through the 1890s, Horatio Alger wrote hundreds of novels to teach young boys the merits of honesty, hard work, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. As Carl Bode points out in his introduction, Horatio Alger filled a void in American literature and met scant competition both in... Read more






Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
Written by Horatio Alger, Afterword by Bryan Waterman, Introduction by Michael Meyer
Signet | Paperback | July 2014
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-46959-5 (0-451-46959-3)

“I ain’t knocked round the city streets all my life for nothin’,” proclaims Ragged Dick, the fast-talking boy hero of Horatio Alger’s classic rags-to-riches tale. Dick is a plucky street boy who smokes, gambles, and speaks ungrammatically—but he is also honest and hardworking, striving not for wealth and status, but for... Read more





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