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Horatio Alger, Jr.
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    (January 13, 1832-July 18, 1899)
    Graduated Harvard
    Wrote over 130 dime novels
    His most successful novels were his 'Ragged Dick' series. It turns out, however, that he might have liked the 'ragged dick' himself. (He is regarded now as a closeted homosexual.)
    He invented the 'Rags to Riches' cliché.
    The NAMBLA boy molestation chapter in New York City is named after him.
    Most of the protagonists in his novels were young boys who relied on being befriended by wealthy older men for success.
    His books are repetitive.
    He believed that anyone could be wealthy if they just tried really hard.
    Ironically, though, his books were best sellers about hard work bringing wealth. He never became wealthy himself.
    He gave most of his money to poor boys that he might have wanted to screw.
    Socialists hate him.
    His books out-sold those written by Mark Twain.
    His books had strong moral messages.
    He was an extremely prolific writer.
    The Horatio Alger Association gives out $5 million a year in scholarships.

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