The Prince and the Pauper is an English-language novel by American author Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the United States. The book represents Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, the novel tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London; and Edward VI of England, son of Henry VIII of England. edit] Plot summary The novel begins with Tom Canty, an impoverished boy living with his abusive family in London. One day Tom Canty and Edward VI of England Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour meet and as a jest, switch clothes. While dressed in the pauper’s rags, the Prince leaves the palace to punish the guard who knocked Tom down. However, the boys look remarkably alike and because they switch clothes, the palace guards throw the prince out into the street.
The Prince fares poorly in London because he insists on proclaiming his identity as the true Prince of Wales. Meanwhile despite Tom’s repeated denial of his birthright, the court and the King insist that he is the true prince gone mad. Edward eventually runs into Tom’s family and a gang of thieves and Twain illustrates England’s unfair and barbaric justice system. After the death of Henry VIII, Edward interrupts Tom’s coronation and the boys explain, switch places, and Edward is crowned King of England.. | | |
Novels| The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer • The Prince and the Pauper • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court • The American Claimant • Tom Sawyer Abroad • Pudd’nhead Wilson • Tom Sawyer, Detective • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc • A Double Barrelled Detective Story • A Horse’s Tale • The Mysterious Stranger| | | Short stories| “General Washington’s Negro Body-Servant” • “My Late Senatorial Secretaryship” • “Advice to Little Girls” • “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” • “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” • “The War Prayer” • Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven” • “A Literary Nightmare” • “Luck” • “The Stolen White Elephant” • “1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors” • A Dog’s Tale • “A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage”| | | Short story collections| The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County • Mark Twain’s (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance • Sketches New and Old • A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime • Punch, Brothers, Punch! and Other Sketches • Merry Tales • The ? ,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories • The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories • Letters from the Earth • The Library of Humor •| | | Plays| Is He Dead? | | | Essays| Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays • Christian Science • Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses • The Awful German Language| | | Non-fiction| The Innocents Abroad • Memoranda (monthly column) • Roughing It • Old Times on the Mississippi • A Tramp Abroad • Life on the Mississippi • Following the Equator • What Is Man? • Is Shakespeare Dead? Queen Victoria’s Jubilee • Autobiography of Mark Twain • Mark Twain’s Notebook • King Leopold’s Soliloquy • The Private History of a Campaign That Failed • Mark Twain’s Weapons of Satire: Anti-Imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War • The Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings on Heaven, Eden, and the Flood| The Prince and The Pauper 1. The main characters in this story are Tom Cantey, Edward, King Henry, and Miles Hendon. Tom Cantey was the poor pauper, a thief who switched places with the Prince of Wales. Edward is the Prince of Wales who switched places with a pauper from the street to try to trick his father.
King Henry is the King of England. He is also Edward’s father. Miles Hendon is the man who befriends the Prince, Edward, after he is thrown out into the streets. Miles also saves the Prince from the townspeople, who make fun of him for claiming to be the Prince and who try to steal the Prince’s seal. 2. The setting is in an older type of town in England. The town had a number of merchants in the streets trying to sell goods from their carts. It also had a lot of horse drawn buggies and wagons being pulled through the streets. It looked as if most of the buildings were built out of stone.
Another thing that caught my attention about the setting was the way the people dressed. This told me that it probably took place in the past and no Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “the Great American Novel. ” Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer.
He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion’s newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which became very popular and brought nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling. He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker.
His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility