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. Alger was an author of rags-to-riches stories with a strive-and-succeed spirited boys who had to work hard and advance themselves in order to achieve the American Dream. This theme resonates throughout his numerous writings. The Telegraph Boy relates the story of Frank Cavanaugh whose uncle, after Frank's father death, forces him to live independently without uncle's assistance. Frank decides to move to New York City where he works in a variety of positions, eventually becoming a Telegraph Boy. One of the important assignments Frank performs with the highest commitment and receives a gift that impacts his life immensely. What is that mission and how does he fulfill it?
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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