Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, "The Prince And The Pauper" is a delight satire of England's romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparked the best of Mark Twain's tall tales.
Two boys, one an urchin from London's filthy lanes, the other a prince born in a lavish palace, unwittingly trade identities. Thus a bedraggled "Prince of Poverty" discovers that his private dreams have all the come true -- while a pampered Prince of Wales finds himself tossed into a rough-and-tumble world of squalid beggars and villainous thieves.
Originally written as a story for children, "The Prince And The Pauper" is a classic novel for adults as well -- through its stinging attack on the ageless human folly of attempting to measure true worth by outer appearances.
About the Author
Riverboat pilot, journalist, failed businessman (several times over): Samuel Clemens -- the man behind the figure of Mark Twain -- led many lives. But it was in his novels and short stories that he created a voice and an outlook on life that will be forever identified with the American character.
"Twain was . . . enough of a genius to build his morality into his books, with humor and wit and--in the case of The Prince and the Pauper--wonderful plotting."--E. L. Doctorow
Series: Bantam Classics
For Ages: 9 - 16 years old
For Grades: 4 - 11
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st November 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 10.9
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Number: 1