Horatio Alger Novels, s/5, Vintage Fiction for Boys, early 1900's Maybe


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A Collection of Five Horatio Alger Novels, Vintage Fiction for Boys, early 1900's Maybe

Herbert Carter's Legacy, Hurst and Company, Publishers, Undated
Young Outlaw, Hurst and Company, Publishers, Undated
Helen Ford, John C. Winston, co, Philadelphia, 1906
Wait and Hope, M. A. Donahue, Publishers, undated
Tony, the Hero, M. A. Donahue, Publishers, undated

All five books have illustrated covers, with no dust jackets. Great images of young men waiting for trains and working hard at various tasks, These books have been read by generations of young people, so they have owner's signatures and some wear to the bindings. But all five books are intact with no loose pages. Very readable. See pictures for more evidence of condition.


Horatio Alger Jr. (/ˈældʒər/; January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was an American writer of young adult novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through good works. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on the United States during the Gilded Age.

All of Alger's juvenile novels share essentially the same theme: a teenage boy improves his circumstances by virtuous behavior. There is a "Horatio Alger myth" that the boy becomes wealthy through hard work, but this is inaccurate. In the actual stories, invariably the cause of success is an accident that works to the boy's advantage after he conducts himself according to traditional virtues such as honesty, charity, and altruism. The boy might return a large sum of lost money or rescue someone from an overturned carriage. This brings the boy—and his plight—to the attention of a wealthy individual. In one story, for example, a young boy is almost run over by streetcar and a homeless orphan youth snatches him out of the way to safety. The young boy's father turns out to be wealthy and adopts the orphan rescuer.


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