Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks (Hardcover) (Hardcover)

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Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks (Hardcover) (Hardcover)

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Horatio Alger's eye-opening tale of a boy's poverty and aspiration in late 19th century New York is presented here in hardcover. When it was first published in 1868, Ragged Dick was praised both for its respect to the gritty reality of poverty on the streets of 19th century New York, and for its qualities of characterisation which resonated with readers, particularly young boys. The author Horatio Alger was all too aware of his literary limits, but resolved to publish books which would inspire his readers to lead morally upstanding and prosperous lives underpinned by honest deeds. We join the titular character, a bootblack aged fourteen years, as he resolves to leave his life of poverty and degradation. Starting with giving up drinking and smoking, our young protagonist keeps his vow to never steal, which impresses some of his gentleman peers who are moved to help his cause. Ragged Dick begins to help at church, and uses his pay to move into his own apartment.
Product Details ISBN: 9781387805228
ISBN-10: 1387805223
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication Date: May 11th, 2018
Pages: 104
Language: English