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The Prince and The Pauper : Penguin Classics - Mark Twain

The Prince and The Pauper

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 1st December 1997
ISBN: 9780140436693
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 10 - 14 years old

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"There is something curious about this joyful novel," writes Jerry Griswold in his introduction. "Everyone seems to know its story... but few seem actually to have read the book." First published in 1881, The Prince and the Pauper is the story of a poor boy, Tom Canty, who exchanges clothes and identities with Edward Tudor, Prince of England. It is at once an adventure story, a fantasy of timeless appeal, and an intriguing example of the author's abiding interest in separating the true from the false, the genuine from the imposter. With characteristic humor and color, Twain brings to life the 16th-century royal court, the crowded, boisterous streets inhabited by London's hoi polloi, and the behaviour of two young boys who are in many ways smarter than their elders. In spinning his tale, he draws on themes from ancient mythology, the Bible, familiar fairy tales, and popular children's literature of the period.

About the Author

Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.

Industry Reviews

"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

The Birth of The Prince and the Pauperp. 23
Toms Early Lifep. 27
Tom's Meeting with the Princep. 37
The Prince's Troubles beginp. 49
Tom as a Patricianp. 57
Tom receives Instructionsp. 73
Tom's First Royal Dinnerp. 89
The Question of the Sealp. 97
The River Pageantp. 103
The Prince in the Toilsp. 109
At Guildhallp. 123
The Prince and His Delivererp. 133
The Disappearence of the Princep. 151
"Le R oi est mort--Vive le R oi"p. 161
Tom as Kingp. 179
The State Dinnerp. 195
Foo-Foo the Firstp. 203
The Prince with the Trampsp. 223
The Prince with the Peasantsp. 237
The Prince and the Hermitp. 247
Hendon to the Rescuep. 259
A Victim of Treacheryp. 269
The Prince a Prisonerp. 281
The Escapep. 289
Hendon Hallp. 295
Disownedp. 309
In Prisonp. 317
The Sacrificep. 333
To Londonp. 341
Tom's Progressp. 347
The Recognition Processionp. 353
Coronation Dayp. 365
Edward as Kingp. 385
Conclusion: Justice and Retributionp. 399
Notesp. 405
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ISBN: 9780140436693
ISBN-10: 0140436693
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 10 - 14 years old
For Grades: 5 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1