Book Cover of The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

by Mark Twain

A poor young boy from the slums of London watches a royal procession pass, with the youthful Prince of Wales riding at its head. He ventures too close and is caught and beaten by the Prince's guards. However, the young royal stops them and invites the vagrant to the palace. Here the two boys sup alone and are stunned to discover that they bear a startling resemblance to each other. The Prince is Edward, long awaited heir of the monarch, Henry VIII, while the vagrant is Tom Canty, the son of a thief and a beggar. Edward is fascinated by the free and unfettered life that Tom leads, while Tom is overawed by the wealth and luxury of the palace. The boys decide to switch clothes. From here, adventure begins for both of them! First published in 1881, The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain is the famous American writer and humorist's first foray into historical fiction. Set in the sixteenth century Tudor court of Henry VIII, the book is reputedly Mark Twain's most carefully plotted novel. Great attention has been paid to setting, dialog and character. Early plot devices are carefully constructed to become invaluable features that carry the story along. Several real historical figures appear in the book. It is also a novel of contrasts. The two boys, born on exactly the same day, have completely different destinies. Before they meet, they each have dreams that are very different from their circumstances. Edward longs to be free to roam the streets at will, unhampered by court protocol and conventions. Tom yearns for security, comfort and the certainty of knowing where his next meal will come from.

Book Details

Language

English

Original Language

English

Published In

1881

Author

Mark Twain image

Mark Twain

United States

Twain was fascinated with science and scientific inquiry. He developed a close and lasting friendship with Nikola Tesla, and the two spent much time together in Tesla's laboratory. Twain patented thre...

More on Mark Twain

Listen/Download Audiobook

Read by:
00:00
Playback Speed 1.0
00:00
  • Select Speed

Related books

The Lost Princess of Oz Cover image

The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Lost Princess of Oz is the eleventh canonical Oz book written by L. Frank Baum. Published on June 5, 1917, it begins with the disappearance of Pri...

Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories Cover image

Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories by Thornton Burgess

Thornton W. Burgess was a conservationist and prolific author of children's books. His gently humorous stories about the animals of the meadows and wo...

The Happy Prince and Other Tales Cover image

The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (sometimes called The Happy Prince and Other Stories) is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first pu...

Legend Land Volume 1 Cover image

Legend Land Volume 1 by Lyonesse (George Barham)

Legend Land is a collection of some of the OLD TALES told in those Western Parts of Britain served by the GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY, now retold by LYONESS...

 The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria Cover image

The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria by William Scott-Elliot

This volume contains two publications by W. Scott-Elliot, namely The Story of Atlantis (1896) and The Lost Lemuria (1904). A theosophist and believer...

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens Cover image

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is a novel by J. M. Barrie, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, and published by Hodder & Stoughton in late November or ear...

Tales from Shakespeare Cover image

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb

Tales from Shakespeare is an English children's book written by the siblings Charles and Mary Lamb in 1807, intended "for the use of young persons" wh...

Fifty Famous Stories Retold Cover image

Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin

King Alfred and the Cakes. Damon and Pythias. The Sword of Damocles. Bruce and the Spider. These are stories that many people who grew up in the last...

Bannertail: The Story of a Graysquirrel Cover image

Bannertail: The Story of a Graysquirrel by Ernest Thompson Seton

In the heart of an enchanting forest, a tale of courage, friendship, and the wonders of nature unfolds. "Bannertail: The Story of a Graysquirrel" by E...

The Enchanted Castle Cover image

The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit

A children’s fantasy novel first published in 1907, The Enchanted Castle recounts the marvelous adventures encountered by a curious group of children...

Reviews for The Prince and the Pauper

No reviews posted or approved, yet...