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Title:
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Other title(s):
Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Yankee at the court of King Arthur
ISBN:
9780195101416

9780195114102

9780195090888

9780195113457

9780199733491
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Physical Description:
xxxiii, 575, 36, pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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General Note:
Originally published as Yankee at the court of King Arthur in 1889 by Charles L. Webster and Company, New York.
Summary:
Hank Morgan of Hartford, Connecticut, inadvertently travels back in time to sixteenth-century England where he tries to introduce modern technology and political ideas.
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Electronic Access:
Digitized version of 1889 edition from Gutenberg Project, reformatted for e-readers http://www.gutenberg.org/files/86/86-h/86-h.htm
Digitized version of 1889 edition from Gutenberg Project, original format http://www.gutenberg.org/files/86/old/orig86-h/main.htm
Links to digitized version (by chapter), plus links to additional resources from University of Virginia Library http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/yankee/cyhompg.html
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Summary

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is one of Twain's best-loved tales. A pioneering work of science fiction, it vibrates with slapstick comedy and serious social commentary as well. In this complex and ambitious tour de force, an inventive nineteenth-century resident of Hartford named Hank Morgan travels back in time to sixteenth-century England where he tries to introduce modern technology and political ideas. Along the way he founds the first tabloid, the Camelot Weekly Hosannah and Literary Volcano, organizes a game of baseball between armor-clad knights, and "keeps up a steady fire of flippancies, so frequent that no reader registers all of them on the first go-around," as Louis Budd reminds us in his introduction. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is Twain's most complex and disturbing meditation on technology, as well as a powerful consideration of politics and power. The original illustrations by Dan Beard, chosen by Twain himself to illustrate the book, brilliantly mix buffoonery with sharp social satire in an effective counterpoint to the text. By turns side-splittingly funny and somberly thought-provoking, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is Twain at his finest.


Author Notes

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled throughout the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, Gilded Age in 1873, which was co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

(Bowker Author Biography)