The Prince and the Pauper, Twain, Mark

The Prince and the Pauper

Authors: Twain, Mark
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC004000, FIC043000
ISBN: 9781101078105, Related ISBNs: 0451521935, 0451528352, 1101078103, 9780451521934, 9780451528353
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 240
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Two boys exchange their clothes and their lives in Mark Twain's classic satiric comedy.

They are the same age. They look alike. In fact, there is but one difference between them: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne of England. Just how insubstantial this difference really is becomes clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of roles…with the pauper caught up in the pomp and folly of the royal court, and the prince wandering, horror-stricken, through the lower depths of sixteenth-century English society.

Out of the theme of switched identities, Mark Twain has fashioned both a scathing attack upon social hypocrisy and injustice and an irresistible comedy imbued with the sense of high-spirited play that belongs to his most creative period.

With an Afterword by Everett Emerson 

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