Books: Holy Horatio

STRUGGLING UPWARD AND OTHER WORKS —Horatio Alger Jr.—Crown Publishers ($3).

Nothing recedes like success. In the field of juvenile literature, Horatio Alger Jr., four of whose novels have just been reissued in this volume, was once regarded as the most successful writer who ever lived. Directly or indirectly he influenced the life of every U.S. town boy born between 1870 and 1900. Farm boys had less time and money for fiction, but if they did read stories, they read Alger; thousands of them imitated his heroes by going to Manhattan to seek their fortunes....

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