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31 August 1998
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Tom Canty and Edward Tudor could have been identical twins. Their birthdays match, their faces match, but there the likeness stops. For Edward is a prince, heir to King Henry VIII, whilst Tom is a miserable pauper. But when fate intervenes, Edward is thrown out of the palace in rags, leaving ignorant Tom to play the part of a royal prince. Even those who have never read the novel will be familiar with Twain's classic tale of mistaken identity- at once an adventure story and a fantasy of timeless appeal.
By:   Mark Twain
Introduction by:   Jerry Griswold, Jerry Griswold (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, USA)
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   182g
ISBN:   9780140436693
ISBN 10:   0140436693
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   31 August 1998
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Twain's (1835-1910) idyllic childhood in Missouri on the Mississippi river is reflected in his best known books, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. His great skills as a novelist, journalist and social observer assure him a central place in American literary history. Jerry Griswold is Professor of English & Comparative Literature at San Diego State University and is the author of The Classic American Children's Story.

Reviews for The Prince and the Pauper

Twain was . . . enough of a genius to build his morality into his books, with humor and wit and in the case of <i>The Prince and the Pauper</i> wonderful plotting. E. L. Doctorow

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