Mark the Match Boy, Or, Richard Hunter's Ward

Mark the Match Boy, Or, Richard Hunter's Ward

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After leaving the ill-tempered woman with whom he lives, ten-year-old matchboy Mark Manton meets a man who recognizes something of himself in the young orphan and helps him rise above his lowly circumstances.

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Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, most famous for his novels following the adventures of bootblacks, newsboys, peddlers, buskers, and other impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of respectable middle-class security and comfort. His novels about boys who succeed under the tutelage of older mentors were hugely popular in their day.

Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of a Unitarian minis