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The Prince and the Pauper (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Mark Twain

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By Mark Twain

While Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper was once released in 1881, the Atlanta structure sang its praises in no doubtful phrases: “"The booklet comes upon the studying public within the form of a revelation."

A undying story of switched identities, Twain’s tale revolves round the miserably terrible Tom Canty “of Offal courtroom, who's fortunate adequate to exchange his rags for the gilded gowns of England’s prince, Edward Tudor. As each one boy is fallacious for the opposite, Tom enters a realm of privilege and enjoyment past his such a lot delirious desires, whereas Edward plunges right into a merciless, risky international of beggars and thieves, cutthroats and killers. Befriended by means of the heroic Miles Hendon, Edward struggles to outlive at the squalid streets of London, within the method studying concerning the underside of existence in “"Merry England."

With its blending of excessive experience, raucous comedy, and scathing social feedback, offered in a hilarious faux-sixteenth-century vernacular that basically Mark Twain may well model, The Prince and the Pauper continues to be one among this incomparable humorist’s preferred and oft-dramatized stories.

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It may not pay in 舠shekels舡 but it would in vast honor and give your friends vast pleasure. Am I too bold? Pardon me, but I wish I had your opportunity and your Genius (letter, December 1880; Camfield, Gregg, ed. The Oxford Companion to Mark Twain. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, p. 378). Parker had hit one of Twain舗s tender spots, for Twain, too, had worried that he had a reputation as a humorist, but not as a serious writer. So it was at the urging of both Parker and another Monday Evening Club member, Hartford mayor Henry Robinson, that Twain decided to undertake more serious work on The Prince and the Pauper, even as he wrestled with the difficulties he was encountering in Huck Finn.

Thou speakest well; thou hast an easy grace in it. 舡 舠I know not if I am or not, sir. 舡 舠Learn it, lad: 舗tis hard only at first. The Greek is harder; but neither these nor any tongues else, I think, are hard to the Lady Elizabeth and my cousin. Thou shouldst hear those damsels at it! But tell me of thy Offal Court. 舡 舠In truth, yes, so please you, sir, save when one is hungry. There be Punch-and-Judy shows,10 and monkeys舒oh, such antic creatures! 舡 The prince舗s eyes flashed. Said he: 舠Marry, that would I not mislike.

He was free of the bonds of servitude and crime, free of the companionship of base and brutal outlaws; he was warm, he was sheltered; in a word, he was happy. (page 123) Š The boy was filled with generous indignation, and commanded her to go to her closet, and beseech God to take away the stone that was in her breast, and give her a human heart. (page 180) Š 舠What dost thou know of suffering and oppression? com/classics Š The Prince and the Pauper was first published in 1881. Š Published in 2004 by Barnes & Noble Classics with new Introduction, Notes, Biography, Chronology, Inspired by, Comments & Questions, and For Further Reading.

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