Series: Rise in Life

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Out for Business by Jr. Horatio Alger1
Falling in with Fortune by Horatio Alger Jr.2
Young Captain Jack by Horatio Alger Jr.3
Nelson the Newsboy by Horatio Alger Jr.4
Jerry, the Backwoods Boy by Horatio Alger Jr.5
Lost at Sea by Horatio Alger Jr.6
From Farm to Fortune by Horatio Alger Jr.7
The Young Book Agent by Jr. Horatio Alger8
Randy of the River by Horatio Alger Jr.9
Joe the Hotel Boy by Horatio Alger Jr.10
Ben Logan's Triumph by Jr. Horatio Alger11

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  1. Paul the Peddler; or, The Adventures of a Young Street Merchant by Horatio Alger Jr. (1871)
  2. Bound to Rise by Horatio Alger Jr. (1904)
  3. Jack's Ward by Horatio Alger Jr. (1908)
  4. Julius the Street Boy by Horatio Alger Jr. (1890)
  5. Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters by Victor Appleton (1920)
  6. Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope by Victor Appleton (1939)
  7. The Guns of Bull Run by Joseph A. Altsheler (1914)
  8. For the Liberty of Texas by Edward Stratemeyer (2007)
  9. The Riflemen of the Ohio: A Story of the Early Days Along ''The Beautiful River'' by Joseph A. Altsheler (1929)
  10. Richard Dare's venture by Edward Stratemeyer (2004)
  11. Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott (1854)
  12. Fort Desolation by R. M. Ballantyne (2007)
  13. The Boy Land Boomer by Captain Ralph Bonehill (1902)
  14. Away in the Wilderness by R. M. Ballantyne (2005)
  15. The House of Dust: A Symphony by Conrad Aiken (2006)

Series description

The Rise in Life series contains 11 volumes with some content provided by the late Horatio Alger, Jr.  The books were prepared for publication and augmented (often extensively) by Edward Stratemeyer, usually using the phrase "Completed by Arthur M. Winfield."

The first two volumes, Out for Business and Falling in with Fortune, feature the same character named Robert Frost (no connection to the poet).  Alger had written a long manuscript and could not finish it for publication so he asked Stratemeyer if he could undertake the task.  Edward submitted a proposal to divide the manuscript into two parts and generate two books.  Actual work on the manuscript, with Stratemeyer's substantial additions, was not done until after Alger died.

Other volumes in the series were based on Alger plays, unpublished manuscript material, and expanded from short stories.

Although these are perhaps the least like Alger's typical rise in life success stories, they are among the more challenging books to find since they ere not reprinted as often as many of his earlier works.  The Stratemeyer connection creates a second audience for these books.

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