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Horatio Alger


American writer of boys' stories

ALGER, Horatio, Jr., author, born in Revere, Massachusetts, 13 January 1834. He was graduated at Harvard in 1852, spent several years in journalism and teaching, and on 8 December 1864, was ordained pastor over the Unitarian Church in Brewster, Massachusetts. Taking up his residence in New York in 1866, he became interested in the condition of the street boys, and this experience gave form to many of his later writings. He has published in book-form " Bertha's Christmas Vision " (Boston, 1855) ; "Nothing to Do; a Tilt at our Best Society," a poem (1857); "Frank's Campaign, or What a Boy can do" (Boston, 1864); several series of books for the young ; " Helen Ford," a novel (1866) ; and a volume of poems. "gagged Dick," "Luck and Pluck," and " Tattered Tom" are the most popular of his series for boys. -- Edited A. C. American Biography Copyright© 2000 by VirtualologyTM


Horatio Alger, Jr. (* Chelsea , Massachusetts , January 13 of 1832 , - † Natick , Massachusetts , July 18 of 1899 ) was a writer homosexual American .

The son of a shepherd Protestant Unit , graduated from Harvard University with honors and later earned a degree in Theology . He was forced to leave his pulpit after occupying it for two years, this because of accusations that were made ​​about inappropriate activities with teens , a fact reflected in his writings .

He began his career with the work Ragged Dick in 1868 , wrote more than a hundred books that were almost similar in preaching that through honesty, perseverance and hard work, a poor but virtuous boy would have its just reward.

His works sold over twenty million copies, despite the weak dialogue and plots , Alger being one of the most popular and influential writers (in appearance social ) of the late nineteenth century

Online Works

First page of the edition of 1900 of Adrift in New York by Horatio Alger, Jr. .

Helping Himself, or, Grant Thornton's Ambition (1886)

Slow and Sure, The Story of Paul Hoffman the Young Street-Merchant (1872)

The Store Boy, or, The Fortunes of Ben Barclay (1887)

Strive and Succeed, or, The Progress of Walter Conrad (1872)

The Telegraph Boy (1879)

The Young Bank Messenger (1898)

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