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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Enriched Classics)by Mark Twain
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The classic tale of a carefree and courageous boy's coming-of-age in a rural Mississippi River town.
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"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" <BR>With an introduction by Robert Maniquis Mark Twain's novel is one of the first American literary masterpieces, embracing local vernacular to personify the unique small-town culture of this fledgling nation. Twain drew the adventures of the mischievous yet heroic Tom Sawyer from his own youth in a riverside Missouri town in the 1840s, and created perhaps the finest book about boyhood ever writtten. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is at once a comic and poignant story about the fears and fantasies of a boy's world, and a brilliant satire of the culture and institutions of the times. One of this beloved author's most widely read works, it is hailed as an American classic.
About the Author
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, published more than thirty literary works, including satire, historical fiction, short stories, and nonfiction. At the age of twelve, Twain left his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, to seek work. His career encompassed a wide variety of occupations — printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher — which combined to furnish him with a wide knowledge of humanity and the perfect grasp of local customs and speech manifested in his writing. It wasn't until 1885, with the publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, that Twain was recognized by the literary establishment as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce.
Toward the end of his life, plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Twain grew more and more cynical and pessimistic. Though his fame continued to widen — Yale and Oxford awarded him honorary degrees — he spent his last years in gloom and desperation. But he lives on in American letters as "the Lincoln of our literature."
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