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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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
The Text of Ragged Dickp. 1
Contextsp. 117
Alger on His Art and Lifep. 121
Friar Anselmop. 121
Are My Boys Real?p. 122
Advice from Horatio Alger, Jr.p. 124
Writing Stories for Boysp. 125
The New York City Backgroundp. 129
New York and Its Peoplep. 129
Map: Dick's tour through the New York City of the 1860sp. 132
Street Childrenp. 139
Outcast Childrenp. 141
Homeless Boysp. 143
From Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargop. 145
Criticismp. 151
Contemporary Reviewsp. 153
Tangled Threadsp. 153
Putnam's Magazinep. 156
Who Should Read Alger? Alger and the Public Libraryp. 157
The Public Library, and Its Choice of Booksp. 157
Sensational Fiction in Public Librariesp. 158
Peccator: As to Novel-reading - A Confessionp. 160
Class Adaptation in the Selection of Books - The Fiction Questionp. 161
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Vermont: Annual Reportp. 162
Young Men's Association, Buffalo: Annual Reportp. 162
Unsigned Review: Books for Young Peoplep. 163
Alger's legacy: parodies and responsesp. 165
A Self-Made Manp. 165
The Alger Complexp. 169
Tom the Young Kidnapper, or, Pay Up and Livep. 172
The Death of Horatio Algerp. 176
Legendary Alger Was a Homosexualp. 180
Demythologizing Algerp. 182
Critical Essaysp. 199
Selling the Self-Made Womanp. 199
"The Gentle Boy from the Dangerous Classes"; Pederasty, Domesticity, and Capitalism in Horatio Algerp. 209
Pandering in the Public Sphere: Masculinity and the Market in Horatio Algerp. 233
Freaks and the American Dream: Horatio Alger, P. T. Barnum, and the Art of Humbugp. 254
Horatio Alger, Jr.: A Chronologyp. 277
Selected Bibliographyp. 281
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