Ragged Dick, or, Street Life in New York with Boot Blacks An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

ISBN-10: 0393925897

ISBN-13: 9780393925890

Edition: 2007

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Part of a series of rags to riches stories of boys achieving the American dream of wealth through hard work, these works can also be seen as helpful in understanding the development of American cultural and social ideals.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Horatio Alger was born in Massachusetts in 1832. He was a graduate of Harvard University. He was considered one of the most renown writers of the 19th Century. His protagonists were usually young boys who struggled from poverty to achieve success in life. He wrote over 100 books with that theme. His titles include "Ragged Dick," "Adrift in New York," 'Sink or Swim," and "The Odds Against Him," "Rough and Ready,"Sam's Chance,"and "Paul the Peddler." Alger died in 1899.

List of Illustrations
The Text of Ragged Dick
Contexts
Alger on His Art and Life
Friar Anselmo
Are My Boys Real?
Advice from Horatio Alger, Jr.
Writing Stories for Boys
The New York City Background
New York and Its People
Map: Dick's tour through the New York City of the 1860s
Street Children
Outcast Children
Homeless Boys
From Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo
Criticism
Contemporary Reviews
Tangled Threads
Putnam's Magazine
Who Should Read Alger? Alger and the Public Library
The Public Library, and Its Choice of Books
Sensational Fiction in Public Libraries
Peccator: As to Novel-reading - A Confession
Class Adaptation in the Selection of Books - The Fiction Question
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Vermont: Annual Report
Young Men's Association, Buffalo: Annual Report
Unsigned Review: Books for Young People
Alger's legacy: parodies and responses
A Self-Made Man
The Alger Complex
Tom the Young Kidnapper, or, Pay Up and Live
The Death of Horatio Alger
Legendary Alger Was a Homosexual
Demythologizing Alger
Critical Essays
Selling the Self-Made Woman
"The Gentle Boy from the Dangerous Classes"; Pederasty, Domesticity, and Capitalism in Horatio Alger
Pandering in the Public Sphere: Masculinity and the Market in Horatio Alger
Freaks and the American Dream: Horatio Alger, P. T. Barnum, and the Art of Humbug
Horatio Alger, Jr.: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
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