Alger Jr., Horatio

Children’s fiction author of hugely popular “rags to riches” stories

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(1832-1899) Prolific, hugely popular 19th-century author famous for his novels following the adventures of impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to respectable middle-class security and comfort. Born in Chelsea, Mass., entered Harvard at 16. In 1866 he moved NYC where he formed an association with the Newsboys Lodging House and other agencies offering aid to impoverished children. His sympathy for the working boys of the city, coupled with the moral values learned at home, were the basis of his many juvenile "rags to riches" novels. Many of his works have been described as “rags to riches” stories, of how down-and-out boys achieve the American Dream of wealth and success through hard work, courage, determination, & concern for others. His first popular work, Ragged Dick, was serialized in 1867 in “Student and Schoolmate”, a journal of moral literature for children. The success of the tale prompted the publisher to offer Alger a contract, and, in 1868, Ragged Dick was expanded and published in book format. It generated a vast collection of novels with the same theme that became synonymous with Alger, whose formula for success was based on luck, pluck, and virtue. Despite his remarkable literary output, Alger never became rich from his writing. Some of his works are: Luck And Pluck; or, John Oakley's Inheritance (1869); Mark the Match Boy; or, Richard Hunter's Ward (1869); Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Bootblacks (1868); Rough and Ready; or, Life Among the New York Newsboys (1869); Tattered Tom; or, The Story of a Street Arab (1871); The Young Adventurer; or, Tom's Trip Across the Plains (1878); The Telegraph Boy (1879); Ned Newton; or, The Fortunes of a New York Bootblack (1890); etc. Autograph sentiment (“yours faithfully”) signed June 1888 on 2 ¼ x 4 ½ card.

Condition: Very good, trivial soiling, faint remnant at bottom center affects noting, mount remnant verso
Type:Autograph sentiment signed






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