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.
'Paul Prescott's Charge' is a social novel that represents a bright example of Horatio Alger's writing style. As in many other Alger's books the central figure of the story is a poor boy who struggles for his life. Through the life story of Paul Prescott the author depicts his belief in the American dream and the idea that any person can pursuit happiness in the land of opportunities that are brought by American democracy. Will Paul Prescott manage to make his way through all the hardships? Read this brilliant novel and you will know!