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Ragged Dick is the story of a young bootblack living and working in the streets of a post-Civil War New York City. It follows his rise from a street kid to the respectable middle class. The original publication, released as a six volume series, came to depict a time of post-war struggle through the eyes of its young victims, vagabond children. Originally written as young-adult moral tales using the classic rags-to-riches theme, Ragged Dick is also Algers' timeless snapshot into an all but forgotten period in American history, and the ever relevant struggle for economic and social status.

Horatio Alger was born on January 13, 1834 in Chelsea, Massachusettes. Alger began writing in earnest and being a published author at the age of 17. After graduating from Harvard, Alger obtained a position in ministry in a Unitarian Church, but was dismissed on scandalous and incriminating charges. Around 1866, Alger moved to New York, a time that marked the beginning of a very successful writing career. Around this time, the Ragged Dick series was being published as a serial, and in 1868 it was published as a complete novel. In New York City, Alger took a special and personal interest in the street children and became a frequent visitor to their popular haunts. Perhaps this is what gave him a clear insight into their trials and tribulations and aided in creating the simple yet timeless story of Ragged Dick. Eventually, Alger took two street children into his home and informally adopted them.

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Timeless

Horatio's writing never gets old. I thought I would not get the same pleasure as when I read it long ago, but boy was I wrong. in audio was just as amazing as when I read it the first time.

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A good story about a time the is long past.

What made the experience of listening to Ragged Dick the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the spoken word of the time.

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This was a good example of how people could and should treat each other.

Have you listened to any of Don Hagen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time I listening to Don Hagen and I look forward to finding something of interest with that has him performing.

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excellent reader

I really enjoyed this reader, and the story is one of Horatio alger's best. This is book 1 of 2

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Integrity Is Reinforced or Degraded Each Day

Good story for middle school students and advanced elementary school students. Public, private and home- schooled.

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Love the character and the good character of Ragged Dick. He is who he is, all the way through, in his amazing transformation!