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  • Paperback
  • October 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-92589-0
  • 5.2 × 8.4 in / 304 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide


Ragged Dick

Norton Critical Editions

Paperback

Horatio Alger, Jr. (Author), Hildegard Hoeller (Editor, College of Staten Island)

 

Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks is arguably the best known of Horatio Alger’s American rags-to-riches stories.

It is canonical as a cultural text, rather than a purely literary one, as this Norton Critical Edition reflects. An extensive “Contexts” section includes maps, photographs, and documents showing how and why Alger used the backdrop of New York City to highlight problems of urban poverty, immigration, and child labor in mid-nineteenth century America. “Criticism” is thematically organized around contemporary reviews and responses, the heated public debate about whether Alger should be available in American public libraries, parodies of and related responses to Alger, and four recent critical essays by Mary Wroth Walsh, Glenn Hendler, Michael Moon, and Hildegard Hoeller.

    Preface

    The Text of Ragged Dick

    Original Cover Illustration

    Contexts

    ALGER ON HIS ART AND LIFE

  1. “Friar Anselmo” – New York Weekly, August 5, 1872
  2. “Are My Boys Real?” – Ladies Home Journal, November 1890
  3. Edward G. Alcorn – “Advice from Horatio Alger, Jr.” (The Writer, January 1892)
  4. “Writing Stories for Boys” – The Writer, March 1896
  5. THE NEW YORK CITY BACKGROUND

  6. Map of Lower Manhattan, 1868
  7. Map of Three Points
  8. F.J. Ottarson – From “New York and Its People” (The Galaxy. A Magazine of Entertaining Reading, May 1, 1867)
  9. James D. McCabe, Jr. – “Street Children” (From Lights and Shadows of New York Life, 1872)
  10. Edward Crapsey – “Outcast Children” (From The Nether Side of New York, 1872)
  11. Charles Loring – “Homeless Boys” (From The Dangerous Classes of New York, 1880)
  12. Illustration – (Photograph of two boys)
  13. Illustration – (Photograph of three sleeping boys)
  14. Illustration – Frontispiece of the Children’s Aid Society Annual Reports (1873-1890)
  15. Jacob Riis – From How the Other Half Lives
  16. Illustration – 1874 Cartoon (Irish World)
  17. John Higham – Illustration (From Strangers in a Strange Land)
  18. Clark Kider – From “Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo”
  19. Criticism

    CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS

  20. From “Tangled Thread” – Serialized Review of Ragged Dick (November 1866-November 1869)
  21. “Ragged Dick” – Putnam’s Magazine, July 7, 1868
  22. WHO SHOULD READ ALGER?: ALGER AND THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

  23. Charles C. Cutter – “The Public Library and Its Choice of Books” (Boston Advertiser, February 12, 1878)
  24. S.S. Green – “Sensational Fiction in Public Libraries” (Library Journal, September-October 1879)
  25. Peccator – “As to Novel Reading—A Confession” (Library Journal, March 1880)
  26. Green – “Class Adaptation in the Selection of Books—The Fiction Question” (Library Journal, May 1880)
  27. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Vermont Report – As printed in Library Journal, 1881
  28. Young Men’s Association, Buffalo, New York Report – As printed in Library Journal, 1881
  29. “Books for Young People” – Christian Union, May 1883
  30. ALGER’S LEGACY: PARODIES AND RESPONSES

  31. Stephen Crane – “A Self-Made Man” (Cornhill Magazine, March 1899)
  32. Gilbert W. Gabriel – “The Alger Complex” (The New Yorker, August 8, 1925)
  33. James Thurber – “Tom the Young Kidnapper, or Pay Up and Live” (The New Yorker, June 10, 1933)
  34. Leroi Jones – “The Death of Horatio Alger” (Tales, 1967)
  35. Victor Wilson – “Legendary Alger Was A Homosexual” (The Miami Herald, January 23, 1972)
  36. Gary Scharnhorst – “Demythologizing Alger”
  37. CRITICAL ESSAYS

  38. Mary Roth Walsh – “Selling the Self-Made Woman”
  39. Glenn Hendler – “Pandering in the Public Sphere: Masculinity and the Market in Horatio Alger”
  40. Michael Moon – “‘The Gentle Boy from the Dangerous Classes’”: Pederasty, Domesticity, and Capitalism in Horatio Alger”
  41. Hildegard Hoeller – “Freaks and the American Dream: Horatio Alger, P. T. Barnum, and the Art of Humbug”
  42. Horatio Alger, Jr.: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography