Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy Author:Horatio Alger Ragged Dick is the beginning of a series of stories of poor boys who rose from rags to riches. These famous novels which numbered well over one hundred at the death in 1899 of Horatio Alger gave rise to the term "Horatio Alger success story" popularly used to describe the careers of men like Andrew Carnegie and delighted millions of readers with... more » the mythic formula of achieving fame and fortune through luck, pluck and decency.
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 Collies Books edition.« less