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Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date December 1, 1984
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140390339
ISBN-10 0140390332
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $13.00
Summaries and Reviews
Two novels depict the struggles of virtuous boys to overcome poverty and achieve success and respectibility (view table of contents) description: Product Description: From the 1860's through the 1890s, Horatio Alger wrote hundreds of novels to teach young boys the merits of honesty, hard work, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. As Carl Bode points out in his introduction, Horatio Alger filled a void in American literature and met scant competition both in the nature and the number of his works. Like his heroes, Alger rose to the top by chance, coincidence, and hard work.

The hero of Ragged Dick is a veritable "diamond in the rough"—as innately virtuous as he is streetwise and cocky. Immediately popular with young readers, the novel also appealed to parents, who repsonded to its colorful espousal of the Protestant ethic. Struggling Upward, published nearly thirty years later, followed the same time-tested formulas, and despite critical indifference it, too, had mass appeal.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Reprint edition from Reprint Services Corp (September 1, 1989)
9780781217071 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $79.00
About: The hero of "Ragged Dick" is a veritable "diamond in the rough" - as innately virtuous as he is streetwise and cocky.
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With Horatio Alger | from Createspace Independent Pub (December 14, 2012)
9781481259385 | details & prices | 130 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.30 in. | List price $9.95
About: During 1850's, common stories about "poor city youths, newsboys and bootblacks" who became rich and famous which were popular.
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With Carl Bode | Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (December 1, 1984)
9780140390339 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $13.00
About: Two novels depict the struggles of virtuous boys to overcome poverty and achieve success and respectibility

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