Joe the Hotel Boy

Author: Horatio Alger


A number of years ago the author of this story set out to depict life among the boys of a great city, and especially among those who had to make their own way in the world. Among those already described are the ways of newsboys, match boys, peddlers, street musicians, and many others.

In the present tale are related the adventures of a country lad who, after living for some time with a strange hermit, goes forth into the world and finds work, first in a summer hotel and then in a large hotel in the city. Joe finds his road no easy one to travel, and he has to face not a few hardships, but in the end all turns out well.

It may be added here that many of the happenings told of in this story, odd as they may seem, are taken from life. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and life itself is full of romance from start to finish.

If there is a moral to be drawn from this story, it is a twofold one, namely, that honesty is always the best policy, and that if one wishes to succeed in life he must stick at his work steadily and watch every opportunity for advancement.


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Chicago: Horatio Alger, "Preface," Joe the Hotel Boy in Joe the Hotel Boy Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2024,

MLA: Alger, Horatio. "Preface." Joe the Hotel Boy, in Joe the Hotel Boy, Original Sources. 25 May. 2024.

Harvard: Alger, H, 'Preface' in Joe the Hotel Boy. cited in , Joe the Hotel Boy. Original Sources, retrieved 25 May 2024, from