Horatio Alger, Jr. ; edited by Hildegard Hoeller
"Ragged Dick or Street Life in New York with Boot Blacks" is canonical as a cultural, rather than literary text. This "Norton Critical" Edition includes maps, photographs and documents showing how Alger addressed the problems of urban poverty, immigration and child labour in mid-nineteenth-century America. Criticism includes contemporary reviews and responses and four recent essays. A chronology and bibliography are included.