The Ragged Dick and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Ragged Dick Paperback – December 31, 2012


See all 25 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, December 31, 2012
$999.11 $999.11
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

Spring Books
The Big Books of Spring
See our editors' picks for the books you'll want to read this season, from blockbusters and biographies to new fiction and children's books.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic juvenile 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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Children's Easter Books
Visit the Children's Easter Bookstore to find sweet stories to enjoy with family and friends.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481881078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481881074
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,809,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
71%
4 star
14%
3 star
14%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 14 customer reviews
Truly a delight.
An Avid Reader
There is also a strong undercurrent of business and work ethic contained in the story too which I will also address.
David Land
I would recommend this book for any young ward!
Mr. P The Ultimate Gentleman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Teodorini on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a realistic book about a young boy doing "good" and in turn he has many lucky breaks. It is supposed to be a child's book, but I don't know how many children would voluntarily read this. I read it for my Children's Literature class and I loved it! It deals with a less severe form of didactism, which is a nice change. It is a fast read also.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Land on May 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When reviewing a story I think the easiest way to determine how many stars to give is the clarity with which you found the key points of the book and how clearly they are in your mind. This is the reason why ‘The Ragged Dick’ gets 5 stars from me. You aren’t going to find a complex work of literature here. There is no subtle web of deceit and subterfuge. The story is there right in front of you and it’s easy to absorb. Once you are finished though you will be better for the experience. There is also a strong undercurrent of business and work ethic contained in the story too which I will also address.

A superficial view of this book would say that it’s a pretty typical ‘rags to riches story’. That’s a fair assessment but there’s a lot more to it. Firstly, because a story is simple doesn’t make it bad. I feel that many novels challenge themselves to be as complex as possible without adding a massive amount to the quality of the story. The author clearly recognises this because there is never any ambiguity. The tale moves at a constant clip and you get a clear mental picture of life in NYC at this time (though I assume for many it was a lot worse than portrayed in this book). A lack of grit surrounding the nature of society at the time comes I suspect from the constant optimism of the protagonist.

As mentioned, this book has quite a capitalist story to it. It talks repeatedly about the benefits of self-improvement, saving and moral decency. I think in particular that lessons about spending less than you earn are ones that are forgotten easily – you will be well reminded by the time you finish. You could argue that the story could be a pointer toward political lines that would be comparable to what we see today. Perhaps, but I don’t think this is the key message of the book.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on July 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Set on the callous streets of post Civil War New York this 130-page novelette introduces readers to a new genre by presenting a cocky street lad dubbed Ragged Dick. This new type protagonist, commonly referred to as "Our Hero," is one of a lose army of boot blacks, fending for themselves virtually friendless in a hostile city. Possessing street smarts beyond his years, as well as a generous nature, Dick proves instantly likeable--for his good looks (when not grime-covered) and his saucy repartee in saucy city dialogue. Despite being illiterate and homeless he ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence--allowing himself meager evening and culinary pleasures as his income permits. Dick also earns the respect and empathy of readers by his generous actions toward boys younger and more helpless than himself. Without adult guidance he has been cheerfully surviving on his own since he was seven.

Through encounters with various dignified and affluent gentlemen--mostly his customers--Dick receives unexpected kindness and valuable advice on how to improve his lowly station in life. Soon it becomes his goal to work hard, save up and get an education somehow--in order to make himself "respectable" some day. Christian ethics are expressed by several characters who exhort him to practice a moral and humane lifestyle.

As Dick has many adventures which point out the perils of city street life, this book may also have served as a cautionary tale for boys who were considering running away--assuming they could read. Alger implies that success can be achieve by dint of hard work, personal dedication, honesty and clean living (no gambling, music halls, drinking, smoking, stealing or lying.) Eager male readers might infer that they too could be the authors of the or own, usually-elusive Good Luck!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norm Beavers on November 21, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I accidentally found this book and couldn't resist. It took me back to age 10 when a neighbor lent me "Up The Ladder" and I never forgot it.
I think these stories are still good for teenagers. This was a fun read and recalled my own thinking as I went from a family on state welfare to a college graduate and a reasonably successful life.
Of course the story is very dated; but the good stuff is still there.
Norm
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Welch on February 28, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I learn about this book from Dr. Carson. Just started the book. Easy read and very interesting. Going to make my boys read it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Trezrun Lawrence on June 27, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
RAgged Dick is Alger's most sought after book. It's an easy read with a "stay cheerful through adversity, work hard you'll get ahead" message.
Completely unrealistic, however, it's a decent read, likable characters and the plot is easy to follow. great for young readers, or for those looking into history and needing to find propaganda of the Protestant worth ethic and the praising of the American Dream. As an actual book to read for an adult, no. For a young child, this is a decent read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Richard on December 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Easy read and a good book that told the story of a young boy growing up poor in New York and who through his kindness and honesty was able to improve his life
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?