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Fame and Fortune (Ragged Dick #2)

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"Fame and Fortune: " like its predecessor, "Ragged Dick: " was contributed as a serial story to the "Schoolmate," a popular juvenile magazine published in Boston. The generous commendations of the first volume by the Press, and by private correspondents whose position makes their approval of value, have confirmed the author in his purpose to write a series of stories inten ...more
Published June 15th 2006 by 1st World Library - Literary Society (first published 1868)
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Debbie Zapata
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gutenberg
I read this because I needed a book published in the year 1868 for a challenge task. I had read one other by Alger some time ago, but was not necessarily impressed, and had the same feeling here.

I will say that he gave a concise summary of the previous book in the first chapter. One paragraph details the back story, so even if this second book about Ragged Dick is read on its own, you will learn enough about the boy right away to feel comfortable with the character.

Dick was a shoeshine boy who
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
This is the warm-hearted conclusion to the abruptly ending and rather preachingly moral children's tale, Ragged Dick, the story of a New York Boot-black. In this tale Ragged Dick, now Richard Hunter, continues "cultivating himself," again meets with a set of lucky circumstances (with some unlucky ones thrown in there, but nothing too terribly shocking or unresolvable) and, in the end, meets with his Fame and Fortune (as the book's title indicates.) All in all it's a nice little read, easily done ...more
Abigail Rasmussen
My sister and I listened to this book, the sequel to Ragged Dick. Horatio Alger Jr. has a fun sense of humor.

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Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not quite as good as Ragged Dick, still an engaging and entertaining story.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK. Here we go again. I love Ragged Dick. Our hero, now known as Richard Hunter, is moving up the corporate ladder so so speak, but he's not lost his light-hearted mischief. He is just so engaging. Too bad Horatio Alger couldn't write the rest of his characters as engaging as Dick. Of course, we know from Page 1 that Dick, will have some problems that he'll overcome with hard work and good luck. But I don't care and I don't care if people laugh about this. I feel inspired!
D.M. Dutcher
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not as good as Ragged Dick, or Mark the Match-boy. Richard Hunter continues to rise up the ranks, and now has to deal with the machinations of a snobbish family that puts on airs. It's anti-climactic, and not really needed unless you were dying to see what happened to him after Ragged Dick.
Chuck Williamson
Feb 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Dick Hunter's quest for fame and fortune ends as it begins: in a machine-gun burst of bullshit.

I don't think I'll be reading the third part of this series.
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Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, most famous for his novels following the adventures of bootblacks, newsboys, peddlers, buskers, and other impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of respectable middle-class security and comfort. His novels about boys who succeed under the tutelage of older mentors were h ...more
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