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  • 1. Horatio Alger Jr.
  • 2. Family Life
    Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
    Birthday: January 13, 1832
    Son of Horatio Alger Sr. and Olive Augusta Fenno.
    Father Horatio was a Unitarian Minister and farmer
    Middle Class
  • 3. Education
    Home schooled by my father until age of 10 due to my near-sightedness and asthma.
    At age 10 was accepted to Gates Academy in Marlborough, Massachusetts where I studied until age of 16.
    At 16 accepted to Harvard College.
    Attended Harvard Divinity School.
  • 4. Jobs held
    Author- most famous for being an author; wrote over one hundred books for boys
    Journalist- contributed to small N.E. weeklies such as American Union and Yankee Blade.
    Teacher- did not enjoy; ill-suited
    Minister- learned much about myself as a writer and person
  • 5. NYC/ Ragged Dick
    Left the ministry and moved to New York City to pursue a career in juvenile fiction writing.
    Created my best work-Ragged Dick.
    Noted for its “rags to riches” story.
    First appeared in Student and Schoolmate.
    Led to contract with publisher A.K. Loring which resulted in one-hundred eighteen other novels based on the same plot
  • 6. Components of my writings
    3 elements to my novels:
    Heroic element-usually poor boy betters himself through hard work and succeeds.
    Chance- many characters find luck in some form.
    Nature of Chance- almost always deals with a wealthy man giving to a poorer boy.
  • 7. My Books
    Ragged Dick: or Street Life in New York
    The Cash Boy
    Joe the Hotel Boy, Or Winning Out by Pluck
    Paul Prescott's Charge: A Story for Boys
    The Errand Boy: or, How Phil Brent Won Success
    A Fancy of Hers
    Driven from Home
    Bound to Rise
    Paul the Peddler: or the Fortunes of a Young Street Merchant
    Facing the World
    Strive and Succeed
    ….and many, many more
  • 8. My Competition
    Louisa May Alcott
    Mark Twain
    John Steinbeck
    Ernest Hemingway
    William Faulkner
    Upton Sinclair
    Sinclair Lewis
    Margaret Mitchell
    Hermann Melville
    Henry David Thoreau
    Edgar A. Poe
    Walt Whitman
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 9. I should be in the Hall of Fame because…
    I gave hope to millions that they could be a success.
    I am one of the best selling juvenile fiction authors of all time
    I am known as "most successful writer of boys' stories in the whole of American literature." 
    I have multiple prestigious associations named after me.
    I was involved in Women’s suffrage.