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Mark Twain: Four Complete Novels Hardcover – March 23, 1993


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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (March 23, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517092891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517092897
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Foreword by Anne Ficklen. Terrific of the best of Twain includes his masterpieces--The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,--with his burlesque Autobiography and selections from Sketches. Illustrated in black and white.

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Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American humorist, satirist, social critic, lecturer and novelist. He is mostly remembered for his classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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What a great book to have when you want to have some of Twain's finest stories.
Bethanie Frank
The four stories combined here are, if not Mark Twain's best work, then certainly his most well known and celebrated.
T. W. Fuller
This superb presentation of four Twain classics makes a great addition to any home library.
K.A.Goldberg

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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Fuller on November 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The four stories combined here are, if not Mark Twain's best work, then certainly his most well known and celebrated. The first two, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" have been engrained into popular American culture, and there aren't too many people who haven't read of, or heard of, these characters. "The Prince and the Pauper", and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" also have been celebrated, though not as widely as the first two, and certainly not immortalized like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is based on Twain's own childhood experiences living in Hannibal, MO., a small town along the Mississippi River. Much of What Twain wrote about centered around his own life; and in "Tom Sawyer" Twain uses real life experiences and people he was familiar with. Tom Sawyer is based on himself, and several of his freinds; Huck Finn is based on Tom Blankenship, son of Hannibal's town drunk; Becky Thatcher is based on Laura Hawkins, Twain's childhood sweetheart; Aunt Polly is based on Twain's mother; sid is based on his younger brother Henry; and Injun Joe is based on a man, half indian, who lived in Hannibal.
"Tom Sawyer" is Twain's way of reliving a time in his life he so enjoyed, and an era he was painfully aware was fastly disappearing. Interestingly enough, when "Tom Sawyer" was first published in 1874, it was something of a failure, and initially did not catch on with American readers. It's hard to believe that now, knowing of it's emense popularity; and the countless Tom Sawyer movies that have been made, although none really come close to matching the story itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on July 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This superb presentation of four Twain classics makes a great addition to any home library. Samuel Langhorn Clemons, aka Mark Twain (1835-1910) combined wit, readable prose, underdog sympathies, and social critique. All are found abundantly in these wonderful pages.

By far the most controversial of these four novels (and my favorite) is ¨The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.¨ Few tales have inspired such enduring controvery and attempts at censorship as this wonderful escapist novel, first published in 1885. Set in the late 1840's, young Huckleberry Finn seeks to escape both social conformity (being ¨civilized¨) and his abusive father. He ends up on a partly-forced journey down the Mississippi River on a raft with Jim, an escaped slave. The two form a close bond as they avoid and endure danger, while the southern-bred Huck also battles his conscience about helping a slave escape. ¨The Adventures of Tom Sawyer¨ mirrors Twain's boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri in the same pre-Civil War era. Many children love this tale of clever, imaginative young Tom, Becky Thatcher, and their frightful experience trapped in a cave with an escaped killer. These two classics have risen from a platform of literature to the pantheon of popular culture.

Twain's less well-known ¨English¨ novels also make fun reading. In ¨The Prince and the Pauper¨ young commoner Tom Canty from 16th Century England switches places with his lookalike heir to the English throne. Canty seeks to escape poverty and family abuse, while heir Edward Tutor seeks to escape his royal station. Then there's time travel in ¨A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,¨ where blacksmith/gunsmith Hank Morgan awakes in Sixth Century England and finds himself condemned to die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.C. on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What makes this 690 page hardcover so unique and a joy to own is the CD-ROM that not only includes the books, but also an audio and video gallery that features a variety of music. pictures, animation, a tour through Twain's life with a multimedia timeline and the only known film footage film of Twain shot in 1909 (thought to have been done by Thomas Edison himself). The title of "Mark Twain Four Complete Novels with Multimedia CD-ROM doesn't
indicate that there is also Mark Twain's "Sketches" which includes "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and Twain's burlesque "Autobiography". There are illustrations throughout the book as well by True Williams, E.W. Kemble, Dan Beard and others from Twain's time period. So you not only get, "Tom Sawyer", "Huck Finn", "A Connecticut Yankee" and "Prince and the Pauper", but all of the truly wonderful information on the CD-ROM. This is an incredible reference work and it's a shame it's out of print. I'm a filmmaker who found out about this book while making a 3D IMAX film "Mark Twain's America" and I have no connection to the publisher.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Tom's adventures were exciting because he does a lot of things he shouldn't do. For instance, he gets lost in a cave with his girlfriend Becky and risks his life for her. He tricks his Aunt Polly into forgiving him and so he ends up not getting the punishment he deserves. Tom witnesses a terrible murder with one of his best friends, Huckleberry Finn. I think this book is one of the most frightening, mysterious and exciting books I've ever read.
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