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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Puffin Classics)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The classic novel of a mischievous boy's escapades in a 19th-century river town — whitewashing the fence, seeking buried treasure, and more. Good-natured humor and vivid characterizations make the tale a longstanding favorite with readers of all ages.

Synopsis:

Revered by all of the town's children and dreaded by all of its mothers, Huckleberry Finn is indisputably the most appealing child-hero in American literature. Unlike the tall-tale, idyllic world of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is firmly grounded in early reality. From the abusive drunkard who serves as Huckleberry's father, to Huck's first tentative grappling with issues of personal liberty and the unknown, Huckleberry Finn endeavors to delve quite a bit deeper into the complexities-both joyful and tragic of life.

Synopsis:

From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality—base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain’s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain’s writing.

  • This new edition includes a new text and, for the first time, explanatory notes

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental — and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called "the Lincoln of our literature."

Richard Peck is a Newbery Award-winning author whose works include A Year Down Yonder, A Long Way from Chicago, Here Lies the Librarian, and many other children's books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141321103
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Introduction by:
Peck, Richard
Introduction:
Peck, Richard
Illustrator:
Reed, Neil
Author:
Green, Roger Lancelyn
Author:
Terrazzini, Daniela Jaglenka
Author:
Seelye, John
Author:
Boyne, John
Author:
Cardwell, Guy
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Puffin Classics
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.01x5.11x1.03 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 352 pages Puffin Books - English 9780141321103 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Revered by all of the town's children and dreaded by all of its mothers, Huckleberry Finn is indisputably the most appealing child-hero in American literature. Unlike the tall-tale, idyllic world of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is firmly grounded in early reality. From the abusive drunkard who serves as Huckleberry's father, to Huck's first tentative grappling with issues of personal liberty and the unknown, Huckleberry Finn endeavors to delve quite a bit deeper into the complexities-both joyful and tragic of life.

"Synopsis" by ,

From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality—base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain’s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain’s writing.

  • This new edition includes a new text and, for the first time, explanatory notes

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