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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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A plucky street boy who smokes, gambles, and speaks ungrammatically, Dick is also honest and hardworking. A quintessential novel of adventure, romance, and coming-of-age, it is also an exhilarating tale of one boy's metamorphosis from dirty street urchin to gentleman.

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A plucky street boy who smokes, gambles, and speaks ungrammatically, Dick is also honest and hardworking. A quintessential novel of adventure, romance, and coming-of-age, it is also an exhilarating tale of one boy's metamorphosis from dirty street urchin to gentleman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698155343
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
725 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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 worked as a teacher at a boys' boarding school in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He traveled in Europe for a year, and then returned to the United States in 1857 to complete his studies at the Cambridge Divinity School.

In 1864 Alger was ordained a minister at the First Parish Unitarian Church of Brewster on Cape Cod. Sixteen months later, however, he was dismissed from the pulpit after being accused of engaging in homosexual relations with two boys. After his dismissal, Alger began to focus on his writing career, which spanned more than three decades and 110 books. He wrote mainly children's books about boys and girls who rise from rags to riches through hard work and faith in the American dream. His first major success came with the publication of his eighth novel, Ragged Dick in 1868. Other popular novels include Luck and Pluck (1869), Tattered Tom (1871), and Strive and Succeed (1872). Alger also wrote several adult novels, including A Fancy of Her's (first publihsed as The New Schoolma'am in 1877) and The Disagreeable Woman (1895).

Alger, who never married, spent the last decades of his life living at his family home in South Natick, Massachusetts, where he died in 1899.

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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