Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger (ăl´jər), 1834–99, American writer of boys' stories, b. Revere, Mass. He wrote over 100 books for boys, the first, Ragged Dick, being published in 1867. By leading exemplary lives, struggling valiantly against poverty and adversity, Alger's heroes gain wealth and honor. His works were all extremely popular. Silas Snobden's Office Boy, which ran serially in the Argosy magazine in 1889–90, was not published as a book until 1973.

See H. R. Mayes, Alger (1928, repr. 1978); study by E. P. Hoyt (1983); bibliography by G. Scharnhorst and J. Bales (1981).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Fictional Republic: Horatio Alger and American Political Discourse
Carol Nackenoff.
Oxford University Press, 1994
Creating the Modern Man: American Magazines and Consumer Culture, 1900-1950
Tom Pendergast.
University of Missouri Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Horatio Alger Doesn't Work Here Any More: The Emergence of Modern Masculinity, 1915-1935"
Public Sentiments: Structures of Feeling in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Glenn Hendler.
University of North Carolina Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Pandering in the Public Sphere: Masculinity & the Market in Horatio Alger's Fiction"
Intimate and Authentic Economies: The American Self-Made Man from Douglass to Chaplin
Tom Nissley.
Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Nature Theater of Americana: Horatio Alger's Earnest Commodities"
A Many-Windowed House: Collected Essays on American Writers and American Writing
Malcolm Cowley; Henry Dan Piper.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1970
Librarian’s tip: "The Real Horatio Alger Story" begins on p. 76
The Liberal Tradition in America: An Interpretation of American Political Thought since the Revolution
Louis Hartz.
Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Part Five "The American World of Horatio Alger"
FREE! Phil the Fiddler, Or, the Story of a Young Street Musician
Horatio Alger Jr.
New York Book Company, 1911
Grand'ther Baldwin's Thanksgiving, with Other Ballads and Poems
Horatio Alger Jr.
G.K. Westgard II, 1978
FREE! Frank's Campaign: Or, the Farm and the Camp
Horatio Alger Jr.
J. C. Winston, 1892
FREE! The Cash Boy, or, Frank Fowler's Early Struggles
Horatio Alger Jr.
New York Book Company, 1909
FREE! Paul the Peddler: Or, the Adventures of a Young Street Merchant
Horatio Alger Jr.
Hurst & Co., 1903
Ragged Dick and Mark, the Match Boy
Horatio Alger Jr.
Collier Books, 1962
FREE! The Errand Boy: How Phil Brent Won Success
Horatio Alger Jr.
A.L. Burt, 1888
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