Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward (Penguin Classics) by Horatio Alger Jr.

By Horatio Alger Jr.

From the 1860's throughout the Eighteen Nineties, Horatio Alger wrote 1000s of novels to coach younger boys the advantages of honesty, labor, and cheerfulness within the face of adversity. As Carl Bode issues out in his creation, Horatio Alger stuffed a void in American literature and met scant pageant either within the nature and the variety of his works. Like his heroes, Alger rose to the pinnacle unintentionally, accident, and tough work.

The hero of Ragged Dick is a veritable "diamond within the rough"—as innately virtuous as he's streetwise and cocky. instantly well-liked by younger readers, the unconventional additionally appealed to oldsters, who repsonded to its colourful espousal of the Protestant ethic. Struggling Upward, released approximately thirty years later, an identical time-tested formulation, and regardless of severe indifference it, too, had mass charm.

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Her depiction of a Kentucky bar-room offers one of the most exuberant depictions of egalitarian society in nineteenth-century fiction. 7 Uncle Tom’s Cabin explicitly calls for the egalitarian ideal depicted here to be further extended through the abolition of slavery. 8 Sympathetic characters are Stowe’s most important tool for democratic representation, but they are not her only one. The varieties of character speech that she includes in her novel contribute another democratic dimension of her text.

His Democracy is a novel of manners set in Washington high society. The action takes place at salons and dinner parties and soire´es, on outings and excursions populated by political and social elites from around the United States and Europe. There are no major African American characters. The only European immigrants are diplomats and fortune-hunting aristocrats. 5 For novelists, the primary means for making literary representation mirror political representation are three: character, style, and plot.

But nationalistic fervor did not produce national unity; Thoreau and Douglass were among many writers who opposed the war. In ‘‘Some Words with a Mummy,’’ Poe satirized the arrogance of a nation that imagined itself the epitome of progress and cultural superiority, slyly alluding to the disconcerting election of Polk. The Compromise of 1850, a last maneuver in the attempt to save the Union, marked a historical turning point and heralded a brief, spectacular flood of national narratives – Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851); Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851); Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; William Wells Brown’s Clotel (1853); Thoreau’s Walden (1854); and John Rollin Ridge’s The Life and Adventures of Joaquı´n Murieta (1854), among others.

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