Ragged Dick

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1st World Publishing, Oct 1, 2005 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - "Ragged Dick" was contributed as a serial story to the pages of the Schoolmate, a well-known juvenile magazine, during the year 1867. While in course of publication, it was received with so many evidences of favor that it has been rewritten and considerably enlarged, and is now presented to the public as the first volume of a series intended to illustrate the life and experiences of the friendless and vagrant children who are now numbered by thousands in New York and other cities. Several characters in the story are sketched from life. The necessary information has been gathered mainly from personal observation and conversations with the boys themselves. The author is indebted also to the excellent Superintendent of the Newsboys' Lodging House, in Fulton Street, for some facts of which he has been able to make use. Some anachronisms may be noted. Wherever they occur, they have been admitted, as aiding in the development of the story, and will probably be considered as of little importance in an unpretending volume, which does not aspire to strict historical accuracy.
  

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Review: Ragged Dick (Ragged Dick series #1)

User Review  - Karen Chung - Goodreads

I was looking for a bedtime audio book and this one came up on the Librivox site. "A Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story" is so often referenced in our culture and language that I thought I really ... Read full review

Review: Ragged Dick (Ragged Dick series #1)

User Review  - Ellen B - Goodreads

This was a reread for me. The first time I read it was a few years ago and at somewhat of a slower pace. Reading it again, there were times I had to suspend disbelief regarding some elements of the plot. All in all though, it's a nice, heart-warming tale of a boy who realizes his potential. Read full review

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Contents

1 RAGGED DICK IS INTRODUCED TO THE READER
7
2 JOHNNY NOLAN
15
3 DICK MAKES A PROPOSITION
24
4 DICKS NEW SUIT
33
5 CHATHAM STREET AND BROADWAY
42
6 UP BROADWAY TO MADISON SQUARE
53
7 THE POCKETBOOK
61
8 DICKS EARLY HISTORY
71
15 DICK SECURES A TUTOR
131
16 THE FIRST LESSON
140
17 DICKS FIRST APPEARANCE IN SOCIETY
149
18 MICKY MAGUIRES SECOND DEFEAT
159
19 FOSDICK CHANGES HIS BUSINESS
168
20 NINE MONTHS LATER
178
21 DICK LOSES HIS BANKBOOK
188
22 TRACKING THE THIEF
198

9 A SCENE IN A THIRD AVENUE CAR
78
10 INTRODUCES A VICTIM OF MISPLACED CONFIDENCE
89
11 DICK AS A DETECTIVE
98
12 DICK HIRES A ROOM ON MOTT STREET
108
13 MICKY MAGUIRE
116
14 A BATTLE AND A VICTORY
122
23 TRAVIS IS ARRESTED
207
24 DICK RECEIVES A LETTER
215
25 DICK WRITES HIS FIRST LETTER
223
26 AN EXCITING ADVENTURE
229
27 CONCLUSION
236
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Horatio Alger was born in Massachusetts in 1832. He was a graduate of Harvard University. He was considered one of the most renown writers of the 19th Century. His protagonists were usually young boys who struggled from poverty to achieve success in life. He wrote over 100 books with that theme. His titles include "Ragged Dick," "Adrift in New York," 'Sink or Swim," and "The Odds Against Him," "Rough and Ready,"Sam's Chance,"and "Paul the Peddler." Alger died in 1899.

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