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Horatio Alger
Net Worth, Height, Wiki, Age, Bio

Horatio Alger Net Worth, Height, Wiki, Age, Bio


: 13 January 1832


: Chelsea, Massachusetts, US


: Capricorn


: 18 July 1899


: 67 years

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  • He was a prolific 19th-century American author
Real name:Horatio Alger Jr.
Born:13 January 1832 Comment
When did Horatio Alger die? / Died18 July 1899
How many years did Horatio Alger live? / Lived67 years
Where was Horatio Alger born?Chelsea, Massachusetts, US
Where did Horatio Alger die? / Deathplace Natick, Massachusetts, US
Zodiac sign:Capricorn

 Who was Horatio Alger? / Facts   

  • Known for his many young-adult novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty
  • His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age
  • All of Alger's juvenile novels share essentially the same theme, known as the "Horatio Alger myth": a teenage boy works hard to escape poverty
  • Often it is not hard work that rescues the boy from his fate but rather some extraordinary act of bravery or honesty
  • The boy might return a large sum of lost money or rescue someone from an overturned carriage
  • This brings the boy—and his plight—to the attention of a wealthy individual
  • Alger secured his literary niche in 1868 with the publication of his fourth book, Ragged Dick, the story of a poor bootblack's rise to middle-class respectability
  • This novel was a huge success
  • His many books that followed were essentially variations on Ragged Dick and featured casts of stock characters: the valiant hard-working, honest youth, the noble mysterious stranger, the snobbish youth, and the evil, greedy squire
  • In the 1870s, Alger's fiction was growing stale
  • His publisher suggested he tour the American West for fresh material to incorporate into his fiction

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  • Harvard College
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard Divinity School


  • No period of my life has been one of such unmixed happiness as the four years which have been spent within college walls.

  • The candidate was required to prepare himself by confession, fasting, and passing the night in prayer.

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