Essay: ON BEING VERY, VERY RICH

Dear Mr. Alger:

I confess that at first I was strongly tempted to ignore your curious letter requesting guidelines on the art of being very, very rich. I simply did not believe your statement that you had suddenly acquired a yearly income of $5,000,000. Why hadn't I ever heard of you?

Not that I know many of the 100,000 Americans who are now worth more than $1,000,000. But your income suggested a fortune of at least $100 million, which clearly ranked you in what I thought was our own small...

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