«Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832 – 1899) was a prolific American author of the 19-th century. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age. Alger best known for his many juvenile 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.'Chester Rand' is a social novel which represents a bright example of Horatio Alger's writing style. As in his many other books the central figure of the story is poor boy. Chester Rand lives with his mother in a small cottage not far from a church. His father has died leaving them an amount of money the last part of which is now spent on the coal for the coming winter. The situation seems rather hopeless but our hero is just not the kind who gives up so easily… Will he manage to find his way to fortune? Read this brilliant story and you will know!
Author Horatio Alger's name is synonymous with the idea of the American dream – the notion that anyone can find affluence through dedication and hard work. The Young Explorer is the third volume of Alger's famed Pacific series, which recounts an ambitious young man's trek west to find gold – and his fortune.
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