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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Horatio Alger: Selected full-text books and articles

Creating the Modern Man: American Magazines and Consumer Culture, 1900-1950 By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By Louis Hartz Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Part Five "The American World of Horatio Alger"
FREE! Frank's Campaign: Or, the Farm and the Camp By Horatio Alger Jr J. C. Winston, 1892
FREE! The Cash Boy, or, Frank Fowler's Early Struggles By Horatio Alger Jr New York Book Company, 1909
Ragged Dick and Mark, the Match Boy By Horatio Alger Jr Collier Books, 1962
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