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Connecticut Yankee : Norton Critical Edition - Mark Twain

Connecticut Yankee

Norton Critical Edition

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"Backgrounds and Sources" includes selections on King Arthur from the Oxford Companion to English Literature; on the total eclipse from The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Washington Irving; and on the "king's touch," the ascetic saints, and the financing of the Mansion House by W. E. H. Lecky. Selections from Clemens's letters, notebooks, autobiography, and other writings and newspaper reports of his 1886 manuscript reading at Governor's Island show how the novel developed. A section of the Beard illustrations includes material by Beard, Clemens, and Henry Nash Smith. The English edition is discussed by Dennis Welland.

Early critical views are by Sylvester Baxter, William Dean Howells, Andrew Lang, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Whibley, Albert Bigelow Paine, John B. Hoben, and anonymous reviewers in the London Daily Telegraph and the Boston Literary World. The later critical essays are by Howard G. Baetzhold, James D. Williams, Kenneth S. Lynn, James M. Cox, Louis J. Budd, Henry Nash Smith, David Ketterer, and Everett Carter.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.

Hank Morgan, a 19th-century American, is returned to 6th-century Camelot when he is knocked unconscious during a brawl with a workman at the Colt arms factory where he works. A Connecticut Yankee ... was conceived as a comic novel, based in anachronistic contrasts, but became far darker in the writing: for as Morgan introduces the Round Table to such dubious modern delights as industrial progress and ideology which worships the machine, he sparks a civil war in Arthur's England. Both sides are destroyed by the technology which Morgan has introduced in an apocalyptic ending. The book questions ideas of monarchy and democracy and is fiercely interrogative about the value of technology to man. (Kirkus UK)

Prefacep. ix
A Word of Explanationp. 1
Camelotp. 7
King Arthur's Courtp. 9
Knights of the Table Roundp. 14
Sir Dinadan the Humoristp. 18
An Inspirationp. 21
The Eclipsep. 26
Merlin's Towerp. 31
The Bossp. 36
The Tournamentp. 41
Beginnings of Civilizationp. 46
The Yankee in Search of Adventurep. 50
Slow Torturep. 56
Freemen!p. 60
"Defend Thee, Lord!"p. 67
Sandy's Talep. 70
Morgan Le Fayp. 77
A Royal Banquetp. 82
In the Queen's Dungeonsp. 90
Knight-Errantry as a Tradep. 98
The Ogre's Castlep. 101
The Pilgrimsp. 107
The Holy Fountainp. 117
Restoration of the Fountainp. 125
A Rival Magicianp. 132
A Competitive Examinationp. 141
The First Newspaperp. 151
The Yankee and the King Travel Incognitop. 160
Drilling the Kingp. 166
The Smallpox Hutp. 170
The Tragedy of the Manor Housep. 175
Marcop. 183
Dowley's Humiliationp. 189
Sixth-Century Political Economyp. 195
The Yankee and the King Sold as Slavesp. 205
A Pitiful Incidentp. 214
An Encounter in the Darkp. 220
An Awful Predicamentp. 223
Sir Lancelot and Knights to the Rescuep. 229
The Yankee's Fight with the Knightsp. 231
Three Years Laterp. 242
The Interdictp. 246
War!p. 250
The Battle of the Sand Beltp. 260
A Postscript by Clarencep. 271
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ISBN: 9780393951370
ISBN-10: 0393951375
Series: Norton Critical Editions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 17th March 1982
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1