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Ragged Dick, Or, Street Life in New York With the Boot-blacks

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Ragged Dick, Or, Street Life in New York With the Boot-blacks
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“[Alger] was an utterly American artist . . . and the truth of his books is the truth of the power of the wish. . . . Alger was perhaps American capitalism’s greatest and most effective propagandist.”
–Richard Wright

Introduction by David K. Shipler

Written to inspire schoolboys to strive for “honesty, industry, frugality, and a worthy ambition,” the novels of Horatio Alger (1832—99) are infused with great humanity, broad humor, and a surprisingly sophisticated view of Gilded Age propriety.

Central to Alger’s philosophy is the notion that heroes like Ragged Dick, a poor boot-black, manage to get ahead by dint of hard work, resourcefulness, luck, pluck, and fair play.

Alger’s upwardly mobile heroes have become paragons of middle-class comfort and moral standing, and their journeys from rags to respectability have long been viewed as the very embodiment of the American Dream.

In this Modern Library Paperback Classic, the text of Ragged Dick is set from the first American book edition of 1868. Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide.

Baker & Taylor
Although he manages to make a living as a shoeshine boy in late-1860's New York City, orphaned, fourteen-year-old Dick Hunter remains homeless and without many prospects until two new friends inspire him to better himself through education.

Blackwell North Amer
Written to inspire schoolboys to strive for "honesty, industry, frugality, and a worthy ambition," the novels of Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-99), are infused with great humanity, broad humor, and a surprisingly sophisticated view of Gilded Age propriety. Central to Alger's philosophy is the notion that heroes like Ragged Dick, a poor boot-black, manage to get ahead by dint of hard work, resourcefulness, luck, pluck, and fair play. Algor's upwardly mobile heroes have become paragons of middle-class comfort and moral standing, and their journeys from rages to respectability have long been viewed as the very embodiment of the American Dream.
In this Modern Library Paperback Classic, the text of Ragged Dick is set from the first American book edition of 1868.

Baker
& Taylor

Authoritative editions of great classics of world literature feature introductions by acclaimed writers, meticulous translations of foreign literature, commentary by distinguished writers and critics, biographical notes, and a comprehensive Reading Group Guide bound into each volume.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2005
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780812973587
0812973585
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC A
Characteristics: vii, 153 p. ; 21 cm.

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Nov 20, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

So this was a "challenged" book, which I imagine had to do with the title. So really it's the challenger who has a dirty mind because this is an innocuous rags to riches book by the man who popularized the myth that hard work and gumption will get you somewhere. Of historical, if not literary, interest.

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