Accomplishments and Records

Rags to Riches … and Back to Rags


Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832 – 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many 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 books represent the “rags to riches” element of the American Dream.

He died as a pauper.


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