Ragged Dick And Struggling Upward

Paperback | January 8, 1985

byHoratio AlgerIntroduction byCarl Bode

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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 the nature and the number of his works. Like his heroes, Alger rose to the top by chance, coincidence, and hard work.

The hero of Ragged Dick is a veritable "diamond in the rough"—as innately virtuous as he is streetwise and cocky. Immediately popular with young readers, the novel also appealed to parents, who repsonded to its colorful espousal of the Protestant ethic. Struggling Upward, published nearly thirty years later, followed the same time-tested formulas, and despite critical indifference it, too, had mass appeal.

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 Horatio Alger Jr. wrote with the express purpose of promoting honesty, hard work and courage in the face of hardship to a predominantly young male audience. Both the stories presented in this Penguin Classic adhere to the formula that made Alger popular with his readers and their parents who approved of his energetic espousal of the P...

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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 the nature and the number of his wor...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:January 8, 1985Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140390332

ISBN - 13:9780140390339

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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 Horatio Alger Jr. wrote with the express purpose of promoting honesty, hard work and courage in the face of hardship to a predominantly young male audience. Both the stories presented in this Penguin Classic adhere to the formula that made Alger popular with his readers and their parents who approved of his energetic espousal of the Protestant work ethic. In Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward, the young hero-in-the-rough weathers adversity and, by way of his own ingenuity and mettle, works his way to success.