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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Enriched Classics)

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court involves time travel, as a nineteenth century man finds himself in sixth century England after suffering a head injury. He finds social and political conditions there just as oppressive as the society he has just left behind.

Forward-looking in his technological ideas, Twain was always entranced by gadgets, enabling the Yankee to establish some amenities in King Arthur's world not previously known to him. Though Twain is acerbic in his criticism of technology that is inhumanely developed and applied, he also celebrates the American virtue of self-reliant ingenuity in countering the pretensions of medieval monarchy. Not surprisingly, his previously receptive English readership was not warm toward this book, and American readers who preferred his lighter touch in Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were dismayed as well.

Synopsis:

A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire.

This Enriched Classic edition includes:

  • A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information
  • A chronology of the author's life and work
  • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
  • An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations
  • Detailed explanatory notes
  • Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work
  • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
  • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience
Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential.

Synopsis:

ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP

A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire.

THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:

  • A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information
  • A chronology of the author's life and work
  • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
  • An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations
  • Detailed explanatory notes
  • Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work
  • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
  • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience

Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential.

SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON

Synopsis:

This novel of Mark Twain's — "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" — gives us an odd view of the American literary genius: it shows is bent twoward science ficional. Twain developed a close and lasting friendship with scientific wunderkind Nikola Tesla, and the two spent quite a bit of time together (in Tesla's laboratory, among other places). Twain's fascination appears in his time traveler (from contemporary America, yet!), using his knowledge of science to introduce modern technology to Arthurian England. As with all works of a master lke Tawain, we highly recommend this novel — but just between us, this book is a lot of fun, too. Go ahead, read it now.

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens. His humorous tales of human nature, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), remain standard texts in high school and college literature classes. Twain was born and died in years in which Halley’s Comet passed by Earth: 1835 and 1910.

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHRONOLOGY OF MARK TWAIN'S LIFE AND WORK

HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Preface

A Word of Explanation

The Tale of the Lost Land

Camelot

King Arthur's Court

Knights of the Table Round

Sir Dinadan the Humorist

An Inspiration

The Eclipse

Merlin's Tower

The Boss

The Tournament

Beginnings of Civilization

The Yankee in Search of Adventures

Slow Torture

Freemen!

"Defend Thee, Lord!"

Sandy's Tale

Morgan le Fay

A Royal Banquet

In the Queen's Dungeons

Knight-Errantry as a Trade

The Ogre's Castle

The Pilgrims

The Holy Fountain

Restoration of the Fountain

A Rival Magician

A Competitive Examination

The First Newspaper

The Yankee and the King Travel Incognito

Drilling the King

The Smallpox Hut

The Tragedy of the Manor House

Marco

Dowley's Humiliation

Sixth-Century Political Economy

The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves

A Pitiful Incident

An Encounter in the Dark

An Awful Predicament

Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescue

The Yankee's Fight with the Knights

Three Years Later

The Interdict

War!

The Battle of the Sand Belt

A Postcript by Clarence

Final P.S. by M.T.

NOTES

INTERPRETIVE NOTES

CRITICAL EXCERPTS

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE INTERESTED READER

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Jeane, January 26, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
A 19th century engineer gets hit on the head and wakes up in medieval England in King Arthur's court, where he uses his superior knowledge to make himself appear powerful and magical, frightening everyone and landing himself a position as King's advisor. Before long he's practically taken control and uses his ingenuity to introduce technological advances and uproot supersitions. He runs up again Merlin, who is portrayed as a charlatan and fool, but dangerously in the people's favor. More than an adventure story, this book is a satire on English society, criticizing the power of monarchy, poking fun at the knights, ridiculing the ignorance and squalor of medieval society. It is uproariously funny with lots of tongue-in-cheek humor.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416534730
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Arthurian romances -- Adaptations.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Enriched Classic
Series:
Enriched Classics
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 7.875 oz
Children's Book Type:
Miniature

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Product details 480 pages Pocket Books - English 9781416534730 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire.

This Enriched Classic edition includes:

  • A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information
  • A chronology of the author's life and work
  • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
  • An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations
  • Detailed explanatory notes
  • Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work
  • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
  • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience
Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential.
"Synopsis" by , ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP

A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire.

THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:

  • A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information
  • A chronology of the author's life and work
  • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
  • An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations
  • Detailed explanatory notes
  • Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work
  • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
  • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience

Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential.

SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON

"Synopsis" by , This novel of Mark Twain's — "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" — gives us an odd view of the American literary genius: it shows is bent twoward science ficional. Twain developed a close and lasting friendship with scientific wunderkind Nikola Tesla, and the two spent quite a bit of time together (in Tesla's laboratory, among other places). Twain's fascination appears in his time traveler (from contemporary America, yet!), using his knowledge of science to introduce modern technology to Arthurian England. As with all works of a master lke Tawain, we highly recommend this novel — but just between us, this book is a lot of fun, too. Go ahead, read it now.
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