Ragged Dick, Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks: A Quick Read edition
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Ragged Dick, Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks: A Quick Read edition

Quick Read

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  • Aide EAN13 : 9782385821722
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"Ragged Dick" is a Bildungsroman novel by Horatio Alger Jr. that follows the
story of a poor bootblack's rise to middle-class respectability in 19th-
century New York City. The novel was serialized in The Student and Schoolmate
in 1867 and expanded for publication as a full-length novel in May 1868 by the
publisher A. K. Loring. It was the first volume in the six-volume Ragged Dick
Series and became Alger's best-selling work. Alger's novels emphasized the
merits of honesty, hard work, and cheerfulness in adversity. The Alger canon
is described as "bouncy little books for boys" that promote the idea of rags
to respectability. The problems of upward mobility in the Alger novel were
never "insoluble", and although luck was a major element in the Alger plot, it
was never luck alone that brought the hero success but luck combined with
"pluck". The book was Alger's best-selling work and remained in print for
forty years. The novel had a favorable reception and became the subject of
parodies and satires.
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