9780192839022

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192839022

  • ISBN10:

    0192839020

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

When A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court was published in 1889, Mark Twain was undergoing a series of personal and professional crises. Thus what began as a literary burlesque of British chivalry and culture grew into a disturbing satire of modern technology and social thought. Thestory of Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American who is accidentally returned to sixth-century England, is a powerful analysis of such issues as monarchy versus democracy and free will versus determinism, but it is also one of Twain's finest comic novels, still fresh and funny after more than 100years. In his introduction, M. Thomas Inge shows how A Connecticut Yankee develops from comedy to tragedy and so into a novel that remains a major literary and cultural text for new generations of readers. This edition reproduces a number of the original drawings by Dan Beard, of whom Twain said 'he notonly illustrates the text but he illustrates my thoughts'.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
Note on the Textp. xix
About the Illustrationsp. xx
Select Bibliographyp. xxii
A Chronology of Mark Twainp. xxiv
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Courtp. 1
Explanatory Notesp. 358
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