Bertha's Christmas Vision was Horatio Alger, Jr.'s first book, although he had been writing as a paid journalist for a local paper for a few years after graduating from Harvard. The book is a collection of short stories and verses that share holiday, family, and loving themes. It is easy to see Alger's future focus on the down-and-out taking shape even at this early stage in his career.
About the Author
Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age.