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    The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain Library) (Paperback) 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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    Description'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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    Title
    The Prince and the Pauper
    Authors and contributors
    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
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 341
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520051089
    ISBN 10: 0520051084
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.2
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: YFA
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC19: 813.4
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T General Subject: 495
    DC22: 813/.4
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004020
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PS1316.A1
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS1316 .A1 1983
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: YFA, FBC
    Edition
    3
    Edition statement
    3rd ed.
    Illustrations note
    191 b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 August 1984
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Review quote
    "One of the great scholarly enterprises of the century. . . . If you want to enjoy, and to understand fully, the genius of Mark Twain, the California editions are the only texts to have." "London Telegraph [Michael Shelden]
    Back cover copy
    '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.
    Flap copy
    "Unquestionably the best book he has ever written."--Susy Clemens, aged thirteen