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Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward (Penguin American Library)

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Publisher Comments:

From the 1860's through the 1890s, Horatio Alger wrote hundreds of novels to teach young boys the merits of honesty, hard work, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity.

The hero of Ragged Dick is a veritable "diamond in the rough"—as innately virtuous as he is streetwise and cocky. Immediately popular with young readers, the novel also appealed to parents, who repsonded to its colorful espousal of the Protestant ethic. Struggling Upward, published nearly thirty years later, followed the same time-tested formulas, and despite critical indifference it, too, had mass appeal.

As Carl Bode points out in his introduction, Horatio Alger filled a void in American literature and met scant competition both in the nature and the number of his works. Like his heroes, Alger rose to the top by chance, coincidence, and hard work.

Synopsis:

The hero of 'Ragged Dick' is a veritable 'diamond in the rough'-as innately virtuous as he is streetwise and cocky. Immediately popular with young readers, the novel also appealed to parents, who responded to its colorful espousal of the Protestant ethic. 'Struggling Upward' published nearly thirty years later, followed the same time-tested formulas, and despite critical indifference it, too, had mass appeal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390339
Author:
Bode, Carl
Author:
Bode, Carl
Author:
Alger Jr., Horatio
Author:
Alger
Author:
Alger, Jr.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Street children
Subject:
Didactic fiction, American
Subject:
Young adult fiction, American
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin American Library
Series Volume:
no. 418
Publication Date:
19850131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.76x5.08x.61 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The hero of 'Ragged Dick' is a veritable 'diamond in the rough'-as innately virtuous as he is streetwise and cocky. Immediately popular with young readers, the novel also appealed to parents, who responded to its colorful espousal of the Protestant ethic. 'Struggling Upward' published nearly thirty years later, followed the same time-tested formulas, and despite critical indifference it, too, had mass appeal.

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