William Taylor Adams, better known by his pen-name Oliver Optic, was a famous academic, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and one of the best-paid authors of his time. “Poor and Proud; Or, The Fortunes of Katy Redburn: A Story for Young Folk” was published in 1858. Bobby Bright and Harry West, whose histories were contained in the last two volumes of the "Library for Young Folks," were both smart boys. The author, very grateful for the genial welcome extended to these young gentlemen, begs leave to introduce to his juvenile friends a smart girl, — Miss Katy Redburn, — whose fortunes, he hopes, will prove sufficiently interesting to secure their attention. The interesting and exciting story, dedicated to the basic life values, will be undoubtedly pleasant for you and your children. Enjoy the reading!