Such images, Trachtenberg believes, may imply "a positive view of homoeroticism as an alternative way of life, of living by sympathy rather than aggression". His mother having died at three and his father gone to sea, Dick spends his days shining boots for businessmen, his evenings if he has some spare coins watching cheap plays at the Old Bowery theatre and his nights wrapped up in newspapers in doorways. Thanks to Dick's consistent deposits , the clerk knows him by his face, and believes his story. All of Alger's novels have similar plots: Jan 05, Summer rated it it was amazing. Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward. Bulletin of the American Library Association.
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Martin, Edward Winslow His sympathy for the working boys of the city, coupled with the moral values learned at home, were the basis of his many juvenile rags to riches novels illustrating how down-and-out boys might be able to achieve the American Dream of wealth and success through hard work, courage, determination, and concern for others. When I first read this I of course, had to find out what "The Student and Schoolmate" was and here it is: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His first book, Bertha's Christmas Vision: This is the only one of Alger's books that was available at my library. Now on to our author, Horatio Alger, Jr. It is quite cliched, but it is What I really liked about this book was the description of life in NY city in the late s. Listen, kids, if you just work hard and work hard some more, your life will be totally wonderful!
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Ragged Dick: Plot Summary
According to Scharnhorst, Alger made veiled references to homosexuality in his boys' books, and these references, Scharnhorst speculates, indicate Alger was "insecure with his sexual orientation". I am leading this read so I am starting a bit early to gather notes and extra information. He agreed to go to Divinity School, but just before graduation escaped to Paris with some friends and enjoyed its liberal atmosphere. Helen Ford Ragged Dick Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward. I actually read this when I was in elementary school, and I love it even now! Alger eventually wrote over one-hundred books on this theme some references say which had total sales in the neighborhood of million copies. What I really liked about this book was the description of life in NY city in the late s. Two years later, he resigned following allegations he had sexual relations with two teenage boys. He denied nothing, said that he had been imprudent, and resigned from the ministry, vowing never to accept another ministerial post.
Description:Archived from the original on January 5, Works by Horatio Alger Jr. A prolific author, he published to great success in Student and Schoolmate , a children's monthly magazine, and when its publisher asked him to develop a serial about street boys he wrote Ragged Dick , a tale about bootblacks. Sort of hilariously preachy! He faces a setback when his wicked stepfather, Luke, arrives on the scene. A hundred and fifty-three pages; enjoyed reading it in one sitting. Through they must live through a series of adventures, the boys find a way to strive and succeed. It was expanded and published as a novel in Archived from the original on January 5, The text is also filled with a certain homoerotic element, likely descending from Alger's own alleged promiscuity with underaged boys, making parts of the text a bit creepy and unsettling.