This is an annotated version of the book1.contains an updated biography of the author at the end of the book for a better understanding of the text.2.This book has been checked and corrected for spelling errorsIn the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the secondquarter of the sixteenth century, a boy was born to a poor family of thename of Canty, who did not want him. On the same day another Englishchild was born to a rich family of the name of Tudor, who did want him.All England wanted him too. England had so longed for him, and hopedfor him, and prayed God for him, that, now that he was really come, thepeople went nearly mad for joy. Mere acquaintances hugged and kissedeach other and cried. Everybody took a holiday, and high and low, richand poor, feasted and danced and sang, and got very mellow; and theykept this up for days and nights together. By day, London was a sightto see, with gay banners waving from every balcony and housetop, andsplendid pageants marching along. By night, it was again a sightto see, with its great bonfires at every corner, and its troops ofrevellers making merry around them. There was no talk in all Englandbut of the new baby, Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, who lay lapped insilks and satins, unconscious of all this fuss, and not knowing thatgreat lords and ladies were tending him and watching over him--and notcaring, either. But there was no talk about the other baby, Tom Canty, lapped in his poor rags, except among the family of paupers whom he hadjust come to trouble with his presence.CHAPTER II. Tom's early life.Let us skip a number of years.London was fifteen hundred years old, and was a great town--for thatday. It had a hundred thousand inhabitants--some think double as many. The streets were very narrow, and crooked, and dirty, especially in thepart where Tom Canty lived, which was not far from London Bridge. Thehouses were of wood, with the second story projecting over the first, and the third sticking its elbows out beyond the second. The higherthe houses grew, the broader they grew. They were skeletons of strongcriss-cross beams, with solid material between, coated with plaster. The beams were painted red or blue or black, according to the owner'staste, and this gave the houses a very picturesque look. The windowswere small, glazed with little diamond-shaped panes, and they openedoutward, on hinges, like doors.The house which Tom's father lived in was up a foul little pocket calledOffal Court, out of Pudding Lane. It was small, decayed, and rickety, but it was packed full of wretchedly poor families. Canty's tribeoccupied a room on the third floor. The mother and father had a sort ofbedstead in the corner; but Tom, his grandmother, and his two sisters, Bet and Nan, were not restricted--they had all the floor to themselves, and might sleep where they chose. There were the remains of a blanketor two, and some bundles of ancient and dirty straw, but these could notrightly be called beds, for they were not organised; they were kickedinto a general pile, mornings, and selections made from the mass atnight, for service.Bet and Nan were fifteen years old--twins. They were good-heartedgirls, unclean, clothed in rags, and profoundly ignorant. Their motherwas like them. But the father and the grandmother were a couple offiends. They got drunk whenever they could; then they fought each otheror anybody else who came in the way; they cursed and swore always, drunkor sober; John Canty was a thief, and his mother a beggar. They madebeggars of the children, but failed to make thieves of them. Among, but not of, the dreadful rabble that inhabited the house, was a good oldpriest whom the King had turned out of house and home with a pension ofa few farthings, and he used to get the children aside and teach themright ways secretly.
The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by American author Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada, before its 1882 publication in the United States. The novel represents Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1537, it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII.
The novel represents Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII.
If you are either learning Spanish, or learning English as a second language (ESL) as a Spanish speaker, this book is for you. There are many editions of The Prince and the Pauper. This one is worth the price if you would like to enrich your Spanish-English vocabulary, whether for self-improvement or for preparation in advanced of college examinations. Each page is annotated with a mini-thesaurus of uncommon words highlighted in the text. Not only will you experience a great classic, but learn the richness of the English language with Spanish synonyms at the bottom of each page. You will not see a full translation of the English text, but rather a running bilingual thesaurus to maximize the reader's exposure to the subtleties of both languages.
If you are either learning Italian, or learning English as a second language (ESL) as a Italian speaker, this book is for you. There are many editions of The Prince and the Pauper. This one is worth the price if you would like to enrich your Italian-English vocabulary, whether for self-improvement or for preparation in advanced of college examinations. Each page is annotated with a mini-thesaurus of uncommon words highlighted in the text. Not only will you experience a great classic, but learn the richness of the English language with Italian synonyms at the bottom of each page. You will not see a full translation of the English text, but rather a running bilingual thesaurus to maximize the reader's exposure to the subtleties of both languages.
The Power of Darkness, The First Distiller, Fruits of Culture, The Live Corpse, The Cause of it All & The Light Shines in Darkness
Author: Leo Tolstoy
This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Plays of Leo Tolstoy – 6 Unabridged Maude Translations (Annotated)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Introduction Leo Tolstoy: A Short Biography "Tolstoy the Artist” and "Tolstoy the Preacher” by Ivan Panin "Count Tolstoi and the Public Censor” by Isabel Hapgood Plays The Power of Darkness The First Distiller Fruits of Culture The Live Corpse The Cause of it All The Light Shines in Darkness Reminiscences Reminiscences of Tolstoy, by His Son by Graf Ilia LvovichTolstoi My Visit to Tolstoy by Joseph Krauskopf "My First Interview with Tolstoy” and "At one of the Tolstoy Receptions” by Lilian Bell Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877) which are often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.
Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece
Author: Andrew Levy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Literary Criticism
A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain’s writing of America’s favorite icon of childhood, Huckleberry Finn: “A boldly revisionist reading of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn…Twain’s masterpiece emerges as a compelling depiction of nineteenth-century troubles still all too familiar in the twenty-first century” (Booklist, starred review). In the “groundbreaking” (Dallas Morning News) Huck Finn’s America, award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have misunderstood Huckleberry Finn for decades. Mark Twain’s masterpiece is often discussed either as a carefree adventure story for children or a serious novel about race relations, yet Levy argues, it is neither. Instead, Huck Finn was written at a time when Americans were nervous about “uncivilized” bad boys, and a debate was raging about education, popular culture, and responsible parenting—casting Huck’s now-celebrated “freedom” in a very different and very modern light. On issues of race, on the other hand, Twain’s lifelong fascination with minstrel shows and black culture inspired him to write a book not about civil rights, but about race’s role in entertainment and commerce, the same features on which much of our own modern consumer culture is also grounded. In Levy’s vision, Huck Finn has more to say about contemporary children and race that we have ever imagined—if we are willing to hear it. An eye-opening, groundbreaking exploration of the character and psyche of Mark Twain as he was writing his most famous novel, Levy’s book “explores the soul of Mark Twain's enduring achievement with the utmost self-awareness...An eloquent argument, wrapped up in rich biographical detail and historical fact.” (USA TODAY). Huck Finn’s America brings the past to vivid, surprising life, and offers a persuasive argument for why this American classic deserves to be understood anew.