The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Hardback Mark Twain Library

By (author) Mark Twain, Volume editor Victor Fischer, Volume editor Michael B. Frank, Illustrated by Frank T. Merrill, Illustrated by John J. Harley, Illustrated by L. S. Ipsen

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 341 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 222mm x 33mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1984
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520050886
  • ISBN 13: 9780520050884
  • Edition statement: Library edition

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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.

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