The Prince and the Pauper (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)

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Mark Twain’s satiric novel about two boys who trade places in Tudor England—written “for young people of all ages”—was his first foray into historical fiction. 

Set in 1547, The Prince and the Pauper brings together Tom Canty, an impoverished urchin who lives with his abusive father in London’s filthiest streets, and pampered Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII. Noticing their uncanny resemblance, the two boys trade clothes on a whim. While Tom lives in the lap of luxury and finds he has a knack for rendering wise judgments, the ragged Prince Edward roams the city and discovers firsthand the misery of his poorest subjects’ lives. But when the king dies and Edward tries to claim his throne, he finds that changing places will be difficult to undo. In this rollicking tale, Twain’s scathing indictment of injustice comes richly clothed in his trademark humor and wit.

About the Author

MARK TWAIN (1835–1910), born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an immensely popular American author and humorist, most acclaimed for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101873106
ISBN-10: 1101873108
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics