Horatio Alger

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Horatio Alger

An American writer who authored popular books in which the main characters (often historical figures) rise from poverty to relative wealth. In other words, Alger wrote about people who achieved the American dream. Critics maintain he gave his readers (and their intellectual descendants) false hope of success.
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Brace's important role in nineteenth-century child welfare, and in the literary career of his friend and publicist, Horatio Alger, Jr., is well known.
He filled the pages of his new magazine with moralistic action stories, including tales by Horatio Alger, Jr., and other practitioners of the rags-to-riches school of literature.
student in American Studies at Purdue University, I wrote the very first dissertation ever on Horatio Alger, Jr., and it was directed by Chester Eisinger, a specialist in modern American fiction.