Ragged Dick and Mark The Match Boy Author:Horatio Alger Though not Alger's first book, Ragged Dick, published in 1867, was the beginning of his series of stories of poor boys who rose from rags to riches. These famous novels, which numbered well over one hundred at his death in 1899 gave rise to the term "Horatio Alger success story" - popularly used to describe the careers of men like Andrew Carnegi... more »e - and delighted millions of readers with the mythic formula of achieving fame and fortune through luck, pluck, and decency.
Of course, little ragged Dick overcomes poverty and scorn to win success as the distinguished Richard Hunter. He, in turn, becomes the protector of Mark, the Match boy, hero of the subsequent Alger novel which is also included in this volume. Both works are considered Alger classics, but have been out of print for many years prior to this Collier Books edition.« less