H. Daniel Peck is John Guy Vassar Professor of English at Vassar College and is the author of Thoreaus Morning Work and A World by Itself: The Pastoral Moment in Coopers Fiction.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
, by Mark Twain
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Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain
s tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible charactersthe awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Beckyas well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. Below Tom Sawyers sunny surface lurk hints of a darker reality, of youthful innocence and naivete confronting the cruelty, hypocrisy, and foolishness of the adult worlda theme that would become more pronounced in Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
. Despite such suggestions, Tom Sawyer remains Twains joyful o...