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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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.