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In THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER Tom's inflation of reality mixes with actual turn of events, and becomes the stuff of glorious adventure, and unexpected danger. Thus, a superstition about curing wart leads Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn, to witness a murder in a graveyard. They are torn between their guilt, letting the wrong man be accused and their dread of the true murderer's wrath.
Introduction by Frank Conroy
Commentary by William Dean Howells, Athenaeum, The Illustrated London News, and Hartford Christian Secretary
This irresistible tale of the adventures of two friends growing up in frontier America is one of Mark Twains most popular novels. The farcical, colorful, and poignant escapades of Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn brilliantly depict the humor and pathos of growing up on the geographic and cultural rim of nineteenth-century America. Originally intended for children, the book transcends genre in its magical depiction of innocence and possibility, and is now regarded as one of Twains masterpieces. As Frank Conroy observes in his Introduction, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer "has become a sacred text within the body of American literature."
This version, which reproduces the Mark Twain Project edition, is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide
Frank Conroy (19362005) was the author of Stop-Time and Body & Soul, among other books.
"Twain had a greater effect than any other writer on the evolution of American prose."