Ragged Dick, Fame and Fortune and Mark the Match Boy
Follow the tales of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger's most famous bootblack, and his friends.
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Ragged Dick is Horatio Alger’s most notorious short story that helped shaped American identity and shed light on the number and severity of boys living on the street in New York. Read about how Ragged Dick starts out as a street boy and bootblack and eventually pulls himself up by his bootstraps.
Continue the tales to success with Mark the Match Boy as Mark happens to meet Ragged Dick’s and is affected by his own story of success.
“A boy who is thrown upon his own guardianship and his own resources develops manliness and self-reliance sooner than at home.”
From The Young Adventurer
“Suddenly Andy made a spurt and forged ahead of Conrad. The young aristocrat could hardly believe his eyes when he saw Valentine’s boat, impelled by a competitor whom he had despised, take the leading place. He flushed with vexation and made a desperate effort to regain his lost position.”
From Andy Grant’s Pluck
“You must remember, my dear boy, that hard work is better than luck, and more to be relied upon. Don’t expect to make your fortune all at once by finding a big nugget, but work steadily, and you will meet with more or less success.”
From The Young Miner
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