Although I haven’t read Alger’s, Adrift in New York Or, Tom and Florence Braving the World, I did use Voyant tools to look at data for it.
Under the Cirrus cloud I found these common words:
I know that there is a lot of dialogue in the novel due to the occurrence of “said”. I also know that old New York slang like “dodger” comes up a lot (unless that’s a name?). There is also a heavy influence of New York as the setting. Words like “linden, Leighton, bolten” come up a lot as well. There are characters like Tim, Florence, friends, and an uncle. I assume they talk about money quite a bit and being young and poor.
From the trends segment, I found out Dodger is a character and his name occurs the most around the middle of the novel so I’m assuming Dodger is extremely important to the plot of the novel. Strangely, the use of Florence’s name goes down significantly when Dodger’s goes up. This could be because Florence is absent for this part of the text. The name Curtis also goes down and roughly follows the same pattern as Florence’s name.
Some of the “phrases’ featured below also give away some sense of style the novel is written in and some sense of themes throughout the work.
“he isn’t fit company for the likes of you” leads me to believe there are classist tones throughout the novel. The phrase “the saloon and walked up to a bar” makes me believe there is an element of alcoholism in the text and reckless youthful behavior.
I know from the Wikipedia article on Alger that there is a heavy theme of an impoverished boy being spotted by a wealthy person and given access to wealth. Usually the boy is doing something morally right or honest to merit the reward of riches like turning in a found wallet.
After I downloaded the corpus of Alder texts the cirrus bubble came up like this:
From this I can gather that all the texts are dialogue heavy and refer to money, class, time, and youth.
Some of these phrases reflect the overarching themes across Alger’s works:
All of these phrases seem to involve money or violence. As the wiki suggested about Alger it was really hard for him to branch out of his usual tropes in his texts.
The correlations also suggest the themes of work, money, earning, and generally hard times in America:
On ngrams I first searched the correlated words “cold” and “expense”
Both are very common words and this didn’t prove successful.
Then, on ngrams I searched a bunch of words having to do with work, money, and earning a living which showed me a slight boost of the word “work” around the 1920s and great depression era. Alger’s works were written in the 19th century and he died in 1899 so it is possibly his works circulated through the twenties and based on his themes of rags to riches I’m guessing they might have been popular in the twenties maybe more so than when Alger was alive.