The entertaining tale of changed identities. Tom Canty and Edward Tudor look alike, but their lives could hardly be more different. For Edward is a royal prince, heir to the throne, and Tom is a miserable pauper. Until one day, fate intervenes, and for a while each has to live the other's life . . . This edition has been specially abridged for Puffin Classics.
Tom Canty and Edward Tudor could have been identical twins. Their birthdays and their faces match, but there the likeness stops. For Edward is prince, heir to King Henry VIII of England, whilst Tom is a miserable pauper. But fate intervenes, and their identities become confused. Soon the prince is thrown out of the palace in rags, leaving ignorant Tom to play the part of a royal prince.
Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910). He was born in Missouri, USA. He travelled around America, seeking fame and fortune before becoming a successful journalist and travel writer. In 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, inspired by his own childhood, was published, followed eight years later by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
“Twain was . . . enough of a genius to build his morality into his books, with humor and wit and—in the case of The Prince and the Pauper—wonderful plotting.” —E. L. Doctorow
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