Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Special Collections - Rare & Fine - 54 Authors Collection - Alger, Horatio Jr.: Biographical Information

Horatio Alger Jr.

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832–1899) was a writer of juvenile fiction who produced over one hundred novels for boys. Most of his works feature working-class boys who ascend to respectable, middle-class lives through hard work and good deeds. His better-known novels include Ragged Dick (1868), the tale of a struggling young bootblack, and Tattered Tom (1871), a story about a child street-sweeper who grows up to be a successful young lady.

Also in the Alger canon is The Backwoods Boy, a biography of Abraham Lincoln and one of fifty Alger titles in Milner’s Special Collections.

Horatio Alger Jr.