Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

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by Horatio Alger
     
 

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“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 a steady

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“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 a steady job, a decent place to sleep, and respectability. A quintessential boy’s novel of adventure, romance, and coming of age, Ragged Dick brings to life the drama and perils of living among other young outcasts in the crowded streets of lower Manhattan. It is at the same time an exhilarating tale of one boy’s metamorphosis from a dirty street urchin to a handsome, self-respecting gentleman.
 
With an Introduction by Michael Meyer and a New Afterword by Bryan Waterman

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“[For] thrilling adventures...go for…Horatio Alger’s books.”—Boston Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451469595
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
709,442
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“[For] thrilling adventures...go for…Horatio Alger’s books.”—Boston Herald

Meet the Author

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832–99), the son of a Unitarian minister, was born in Massachusetts. After studying at Harvard, Alger pursued a career in the ministry before moving to New York City, where he began writing his successful books for boys such as Luck and Pluck, Tattered Tom, Phil the Fiddler, and Struggling Upward. His eighth novel, Ragged Dick, was his first of many bestsellers.
 
Michael Meyer, Ph.D., is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. Among his books, Several More Lives to Live: Thoreau’s Political Reputation in America was awarded the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize by the American Studies Association. In addition to The Bedford Introduction to Literature, his edited volumes include Frederick Douglass: The Narrative and Selected Writings.

Bryan Waterman is Associate Professor of English and American Literature at New York University and co-editor, with Cyrus R. K. Patell, of The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York City.

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Ragged Dick, Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't know what happended but it shows random symbols where words are supposed to be and skips lines in the original text. It was free, that was the only good thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the novel ¿Ragged Dick, or Street Life in New York,¿ Horatio Alger invites his readers into the life of a destitute 14 year old bootblack. The novel is an uplifting tale of how a young boy rises from his lower class situation to one of hope and prosperity. Throughout the novel, Dick crosses the venues of many people who impact his life in different ways. By accompanying Dick on his exploits, the reader unveils the many depths of Dick¿s character: his uncultured and often times sarcastic and witty stance, his honest work ethic, and `never give up¿ attitude, as well as his genuine, benevolent, good-hearted outlook. Dick¿s unique and touching characteristics are all uncovered to the reader as Dick goes about life doing his best to ameliorate the lives of others. Horatio Alger not only created a good book, but also a novel of life lessons. In the presentation of Dick¿s character, Alger extends more than meets the eye. Dick Hunter, in his unfitted, wearied jacket, tattered pants, and squalid hat is not initially an indefectible role model. However, from reading ¿Ragged Dick¿ I have realized it is not in judging a person¿s appearance that you come close to discerning what kind of person they really are. Moreover, Alger reveals through Dick¿s character that putting others before yourself is truly rewarding in the long run. Dick Hunter instructs the reader that if he works hard, keeps his chin up and has faith, he will ultimately reap the rewards, thus illustrating Alger¿s famous `rags to riches¿ theory. ¿Ragged Dick¿ is a book for all ages. Alger created it as a children¿s book, but is assuredly more than this. Although the plot is simple enough for younger readers to follow, the underlying moral is one that can be interpreted and valued by readers of all races, sexes, and ages. Indeed, I consider Alger to be one of the most favorable and successful writers of American literary history.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An intriguing story about a boy who is trying to be 'spectable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is way to complicated and confusing it is hard to get past the 5th page. It is hard to relate to and hard to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay