The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Paperback)

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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 sentimentaland 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.”

John Seelye is a graduate research professor of American literature at the University of Florida. He is the author ofThe True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain at the Movies, Prophetic Waters: The River in Early American Literature, Beautiful Machine: Rivers and the Early Republic,Memory's Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock, and War Games: Richard Harding Davis and the New Imperialism. He is also the consulting editor for Penguin Classics in American literature.


Guy Cardwell has written several books on Mark Twain and is emeritus professor of English at Washington University

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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ISBN 9780143039563
Genre FICTION / Classics
Format Paperback
Pages 231
Publisher Date 2006-03-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Penguin Classics
Copyright Year 2006
Height 7.75 in
Wdth 5.0 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.42 lb
Language English
Series Name Penguin Classics
Edition Detail Reissue
Audience General/trade
Authors Twain, Mark
Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
Country of Origin United States

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