This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
Horatio Alger Jr. (1832-1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many young-adult fiction 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.
Essentially, all of Alger's juvenile novels share the same theme, known as the "Horatio Alger myth" a teenage boy works hard to escape poverty. Often though, it is not the hard work itself that rescues the boy from his fate, but rather some extraordinary act of bravery or honesty. The boy might return a large sum of lost money or rescue someone from an overturned carriage. This brings the boy -- and his plight -- to the attention of a wealthy individual.
Alger secured his literary niche in 1868 with the publication of his fourth book, Ragged Dick, the story of a poor bootblack's rise to middle-class respectability. This novel was a huge success. His many books that followed were essentially variations on Ragged Dick and featured casts of stock characters: the valiant hard-working, honest youth, the noble mysterious stranger, the snobbish youth, and the evil, greedy squire.
Do you believe your childhood adversities prevented you from getting the education you deserved? Are you bitter about what you had gone through and wished things could have been different? Do you believe your window of opportunity for an education is closed? Fortuitous Misfortunes offers solutions to these questions and takes you through a boy's life into adulthood who had limited resources and a background rich in educational disadvantages.
Many books speak to someone who has gone through a devastating childhood or a life filled with debilitating disease, extreme poverty, or a war-torn existence, but this book is about you and me and about the subtle adversities and misfortunes that may have led us just to the falling edge of realizing your educational dream. It helps us to realize that education is lifelong, even well beyond the formal education years.
This book will take you on a journey of one young boy's adversities and setbacks and offer solutions and advice on the shoulders of great modern-day philosophers. This book will help you look your misfortunes in the eye and help you navigate through them by using the story of one man's example.
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