A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Alger, Horatio, Jr

Alger, Horatio, Jr (b. Chelsea, Mass., 13 January 1832; d. Natick, Mass., 18 July 1899) A former Unitarian minister and bohemian expatriate in Paris, Alger authored nearly a hundred books for boys that sold 800,000 copies from 1866 to his death. His characters and plots popularized the American myth that perseverance, dedication, and thrift will inevitably overcome poverty and lead to success.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Alger, Horatio, Jr," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DJRAJWMLF89V6G9.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Alger, Horatio, Jr." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DJRAJWMLF89V6G9.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Alger, Horatio, Jr' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DJRAJWMLF89V6G9.