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Horatio Alger Jr. (1832 - 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American writer, best known for his many young adult novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage and honesty. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age.
Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899) was a 19th-century American author of approximately 135 dime novels. Many of his works are rags-to-riches stories of down-and-out boys who achieve success through hard work and moral virtue.