The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

A Tale for Young People of All Ages

Book - 1983
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley : Published in cooperation with the University of Iowa [by] University of California Press, c1983
ISBN: 9780520051089
0520051084
9780520050884
0520050886
Branch Call Number: j
Characteristics: xvi, 321 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fischer, Victor 1942-

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vv19
Jan 06, 2016

This book is a classic and this is the kind of story that will be copied over and over again. Twain told a story that is so far fetched that in the end you believe it could happen. I love the moral of "walking a mile in someone else's shoes". It gives one a lot to think about before judging someone else. Bad characters abuse the Prince and the Pauper. The theme of bad fathers is predominant. This is not a story for children.

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kathy7777
Nov 16, 2015

Trying to read the Greatest Books of All Time so I read it. I had to learn to read the rhythm of the old English and it took me awhile to get through. Glad I could accomplish it but would not pick this up as a regular choice.

Very violent in parts with the way people are tortured and killed. Definitely not a children's book.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 30, 2014

Like "A Connecticut Yankee," this is lighter, lesser Twain, set in England's past. It's enjoyable and was certainly one of the first switcheroo plots (like "Trading Paces), but it lacks the wit and vigor of his best books.

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Aerie
Jan 18, 2011

Everyone at one point or another looks over the fence at their 'neighbour' and wishes they could trade places.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

This story puts things into a more believable perspective. Once trading places, things are not as easy as we think they are looking on from a distance.

There are versions of this book written for children. Kids recieve a great moral from this story.

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vanravenstein
Oct 08, 2010

The only criticism I have is that it makes the life of the prince look really great, while not much on a positive note is said about the life of the pauper.

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Jun 01, 2016

red_crocodile_334 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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