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A87952206 - Grit, by Horatio Alger: Ambition and Exploitation

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Entry: Grit, by Horatio Alger: Ambition and Exploitation - A87952206
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China - U1590784

Every year during the autumn festival, the public library has a big book sale. You can get a bagful of books for $5. This year, I found a box of Horatio Alger novels - not first editions, but certainly worth more than I paid for the two I picked up.

I thought we ought to get a Guide Entry out of it.

Unfortunately, some of the prose made me suspicious. (It might be all that 'Law & Order: SVU' I've been watching.) So I did my due diligence and checked out the author's bio. The result was less than edifying, but that's all part of the story.

smiley - dragon


A87952206 - Grit, by Horatio Alger: Ambition and Exploitation

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SashaQ - happysad

Thank you for finding the books and digging under the surface of the stories for us...

"14 faculty members" - does that mean Harvard had 14 members of academic staff in the Faculty of Humanities, or 14 in total?

"There were never any official complaints in New York, but a 21st-century observer might still be suspicious." - well said...

Excellent 'Further Reading' section smiley - ok


A87952206 - Grit, by Horatio Alger: Ambition and Exploitation

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Thanks, Sasha! smiley - smiley Yes, there were only 14 members of the faculty, according to my source. I added 'in total' to make that clear. I was surprised, too: Harvard had already been around for a couple of centuries by then, but apparently, it was quite provincial. Of course, that didn't count the medical, law, or divinity schools.




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SashaQ - happysad

Ah, I see, yes that makes sense given that there were separate Schools, so the main bit would be relatively small smiley - ok


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Yeah, that was just the undergrads. smiley - laugh


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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

This Entry really makes me angry, thanks for writing. People should read this.


A87952206 - Grit, by Horatio Alger: Ambition and Exploitation

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Thanks, Tav. That's exactly the right response, I think. smiley - hug


A87952206 - Grit, by Horatio Alger: Ambition and Exploitation

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Bluebottle

I must admit when I read the line 'At the beginning of the tale, Grit's rowing people across the Kennebec River for five cents a ride. By the end… he's headed for New York City' I felt sorry for the poor people on the Kennebec River unable to cross, and wondered whether they'd like to buy a floating bridge for, say, a mere £10 million.
It really is as good as new (literally, it didn't work then and it doesn't work now).

The tale gets disturbing after that…

<BB<


A87952206 - Grit, by Horatio Alger: Ambition and Exploitation

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - rofl I can understand that thought, Bluebottle. And now I'm imagining that floating bridge in New England.


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