“Fame and Fortune; or, The Progress of Richard Hunter” is a great example of realistic «rags-to-riches» stories. In this novel, Alger depicts the inner life, feelings and emotions of gutter-children in big cities. The plot is very simple; sure, it is a kid's story. However, it gives us a useful lesson about work ethic and life. The purpose of this novel is to excite a deep sympathy in the public mind, as well as to influence upon outcasts. The author sets inspiring examples of what they can achieve using their energy, ambitions, frugality and self-discipline.
Richard is a poor shoe boy who wants to become a clerk. He has a saucy tongue and numerous enemies. Is he strong enough to overcome all hardships? The book will definitely keep you off the computer and away from the TV! Feel the bootstrapping mentality of the time with Horatio Alger’s juvenile novel “Fame and Fortune; or, The Progress of Richard Hunter”.