|Ben, the Luggage Boy, or, Among the Wharves
|The John Winston Co.
|adventure, fiction, inspirational
Ben runs away from home and lives on the streets of New York City for years. He learns how to survive and finds work as a newsboy and as a baggage smasher, and works to make enough money to put away into the bank.
In presenting "Ben, the Luggage Boy," to the public, as the fifth of the Ragged Dick Series, the author desires to say that it is in all essential points a true history; the particulars of the story having been communicated to him, by Ben himself, nearly two years since. In particular, the circumstances attending the boy's running away from home, and adopting the life of a street boy, are in strict accordance with Ben's own statement. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Alger, Horatio Jr.
Horatio Alger (1832-1899) was an American author. Born in Massachusetts he graduated from Harvard's divinity school and became a Unitarian minister. He was ousted due to immoral relations with choir boys. Before and during his abortive religious career, he started writing books for boys. He ended up in New York City where he continued as chaplain for the Newsboys' Lodging House. He wrote over 130 novels most based on the theme that poverty and temptation inevitably leads a boy to wealth and fame. His most famous books were the Ragged Dick series and the Tattered Tom series. Over 20,000,000 copies of his books were printed. (Oxford Companion to American Literature)
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