Synopses & Reviews
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
A Faint Wind Moaned Through the Trees, and Tom feared it might be the spirits of the dead complaining at being disturbed.
A good student? A polite nephew? A hard worker? Not Tom Sawyer. He never wanted to be the model boy. His sights were set on being a pirate, a robber, or a treasure seeker. He wanted a life of excitement, but never thought he'd be a witness to a murder! Now Tom and his buddy Huckleberry Finn are in for the adventure of their lives.
The classic story of Missouri river-rat Tom Sawyer is told in this unabridged edition that comes with a three-dimensional puzzle and a snap-in-place model of a steamboat. Consumable.
The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen and a foreword by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination
In recent years, neither the persistent effort to clean up” the racial epithets in Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn nor its consistent use in the classroom have diminished, highlighting the novels wide-ranging influence and its continued importance in American society. An incomparable adventure story, it is a vignette of a turbulent, yet hopeful epoch in American history, defining the experience of a nation in voices often satirical, but always authentic.
The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen
A consummate prankster with a quick wit, Tom Sawyer dreams of a bigger fate than simply being a rich boy.” Yet through the novels humorous escapadesfrom the famous episode of the whitewashed fence to the trial of Injun JoeMark Twain explores the deeper themes of the adult world, one of dishonesty and superstition, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery.
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."