Jump to navigation. Geck Author. He is generous and industrious, but he is a spendthrift. His physiognomy is noted: he is a good-looking boy that appears aristocratic with a frank and open face. One day a patron , Mr. Whitney, puts his nephew, Frank, into Dick's charge to be given a tour of New York while he attends to business.
It was the first volume in the six-volume Ragged Dick Series and became Alger's best-selling work. The tale follows a poor bootblack 's rise to middle-class respectability in 19th-century New York City. It had a favorable reception. Student and Schoolmate reported their readers were delighted with the first installment, and Putnam's Magazine thought boys would love the novel.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. A year-old orphan named Richard Hunter, known to all as Ragged Dick , works for his living on the streets of New York. He shines and polishes the shoes of people who pass by. But despite his honesty, initiative and hard work, he almost always sits without a penny in his pocket because he habitually spends his earnings as soon as he gets them. Dick therefore gladly accepts invitation of a rich merchant Mr. Whitney to arrange a tour around the city for his nephew, a young man named Frank.
Look Inside. Jul 01, ISBN Dick is a plucky street boy who smokes, gambles, and speaks ungrammatically—but he is also honest and hardworking, striving not for wealth and status, but for a steady job, a decent place to sleep, and respectability. A plucky street boy who smokes, gambles, and speaks ungrammatically, Dick is also honest and hardworking. Horatio Alger, Jr.
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