Paul the Peddler: The Adventures of a Young Street Merchant

Paul the Peddler: The Adventures of a Young Street Merchant

by Jr Horatio Alger


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Paul the Peddler is the second volume in the first series of Tattered Tom. Paul Hoffman is a fourteen-year-old young man who sells "prize packages." An elementary gambling game, he sells envelopes that have either candy or money in them; although the odds are poor, the price to play is cheap, and he performs well. Paul is a second generation American, whose late father was a skillful cabinet-maker. Paul has pride in his personal appearance, and chooses not to be a bootblack. As for the selling of newspapers, he did not care for the competition. He lives with his mother, who sews shirts to contribute towards their apartment, and his nine-year-old brother, who is lame but possesses an exceptional artistic ability. Paul is robbed of his earnings and encounters a number of setbacks to success. Of particular interest are Alger's description of life on the streets of late 19-century New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538076743
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Series: Classic Books for Young Adults , #132
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic 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. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age.

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