The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Paperback Mark Twain Library

By (author) Mark Twain, Volume editor Victor Fischer, Volume editor Michael B. Frank, Foreword by Victor Fischer, Foreword by 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: Paperback | 341 pages
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 210mm x 19mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1984
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520051084
  • ISBN 13: 9780520051089
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd ed.
  • Illustrations note: 191 b&w illustrations

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'What am I writing? A historical tale of 300 years ago, simply for the love of it.' Mark Twain's 'tale' became his first historical novel, "The Prince and the Pauper", published in 1881. Intricately plotted, it was intended to have the feel of history even though it was only the stuff of legend. In sixteenth-century England, young Prince Edward (son of Henry VIII) and Tom Canty, a pauper boy who looks exactly like him, are suddenly forced to change places. The prince endures 'rags & hardships' while the pauper suffers the 'horrible miseries of princedom.' Mark Twain called his book a 'tale for young people of all ages,' and it has become a classic of American literature. The first edition in 1881 was fully illustrated by Frank Merrill, John Harley, and L. S. Ipsen. The boys in these illustrations, Mark Twain said, 'look and dress exactly as I used to see them cast in my mind...It is a vast pleasure to see them cast in the flesh, so to speak.' This Mark Twain Library edition exactly reproduces the text of the California scholarly edition, including all of the 192 illustrations that so pleased the author.

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'What am I writing? A historical tale of 300 years ago, simply for the love of it.' Mark Twain's 'tale' became his first historical novel, The Prince and the Pauper, published in 1881. Intricately plotted, it was intended to have the feel of history even though it was only the stuff of legend. Mark Twain wrote in his preface, 'It may have happened, it may not have happened: but it could have happened.' In sixteenth-century England, young Prince Edward (son of Henry VIII) and Tom Canty, a pauper boy who looks exactly like him, are suddenly forced to change places. The prince endures 'rags & hardships' while the pauper suffers the 'horrible miseries of princedom.' Mark Twain called his book a 'tale for young people of all ages, ' and it has become a classic of American literature.

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