- Horatio Alger
- nounUnited States author of inspirational adventure stories for boys; virtue and hard work overcome poverty (1832-1899)• Syn: ↑Alger
* * *\\hə|rā(ˌ)shō|aljˈə(r), -āshēˌō-\ adjectiveUsage: usually capitalized H&AEtymology: after Horatio Alger died 1899 American clergyman and author of juvenile fiction: of, relating to, or resembling the works of Horatio Alger in which success is achieved through self-reliance and hard work
their own Horatio Alger myth of honest poor boy rises to riches — James Jones
* * *of or characteristic of the heroes in the novels of Horatio Alger, who begin life in poverty and achieve success and wealth through honesty, hard work, and virtuous behavior: the Horatio Alger story of his rise in the business world.[1920-25]
* * *(1834–99) a US author of more than 100 books for boys. Most were about poor boys who became rich and successful by their hard work and good behaviour. Readers believed that these ‘rags-to-riches’ stories illustrated the opportunities for success in America.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.