Illustration from the first edition
|Author||Horatio Alger, Jr.|
|Original title||Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks|
|Series||Ragged Dick Series|
|Publisher||A. K. Loring|
|May 5, 1868|
|Followed by||Fame and Fortune|
Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks is a boys' book by Horatio Alger, Jr. It was published in parts (serialization) in the magazine Student and Schoolmate in 1867. It was then published as a book in 1868 by A. K. Loring of Boston, Massachusetts. It was the first of six books in the Ragged Dick series. It was Alger's bestselling book.
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Ragged Dick is a poor bootblack (shoe shine boy) in New York City. He makes his life better by working hard and being honest. He opens a bank account and takes a frail boy named Fosdick into his little apartment. Fosdick teaches Dick to read, write, and do arithmetic. One day, Dick saves a rich man's child from drowning. He is rewarded with money and a clerk's job in the man's firm.