Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks is a Bildungsroman by Horatio Alger, Jr. serialized in Student and Schoolmate in 1867, and released as a full length novel in May 1868 by A. K. Loring. It was the first volume in the six volume Ragged Dick Series, and became Alger’s all-time bestseller. The tale follows a poor boot black’s rise to middle class respectability in 19th-century New York City. It had a favorable reception. Student and Schoolmate… (more)