By Mark Twain

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Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain’s story of boyhood event overflows with comedy, heat, and slapstick strength. It brings to lifestyles and array of impossible to resist characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his top blood brother Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the stunning, beguiling Becky—as good as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting misplaced in a gloomy and labyrinthine cave. under Tom Sawyer’s sunny floor lurk tricks of a darker truth, of younger innocence and naïveté confronting the cruelty, hypocrisy, and foolishness of the grownup world—a subject that will turn into extra said in Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. regardless of such feedback, Tom Sawyer continues to be Twain’s cheerful ode to the never-ending chances of childhood.

 

H. Daniel Peck is John man Vassar Professor of English at Vassar university and is the writer of Thoreau’s Morning Work and A international on its own: The Pastoral second in Cooper’s Fiction.

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And while the ordering of a plot would never become one of Twain舗s strengths, his writing of Tom Sawyer showed him that he was ready to move beyond the sketch, and that he was now capable of working in a more capacious and textured genre. Š How, then, might this uneven and anecdotal novel舒so dependent on specific childhood memories of the author, and so given to pointed critiques of social custom舒be said to hold together as a narrative performance? The chief vehicle for unity is Tom Sawyer himself.

To say that Tom dominates this book is an understatement; he is the central figure in every possible meaning of the phrase. Tom is both the principal actor and the stage-manager of the novel, and the theatrical metaphor applies in several respects. The form of the novel as a series of individualized, and often self-contained, scenes has its counterpart in Tom舗s own theatricality. Life is a drama to him, and he has peopled it with figures and adventures from romantic literature and legend. That he often has the references wrong only adds to the fun, and does not make his imagination any less literary.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Š Barnes & Noble Classics and the Barnes & Noble Classics colophon are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Š The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ISBN-13: 978-1-59308-139-3 ISBN-10: 1-59308-139-1 eISBN : 978-1-411-43170-6 LC Control Number 2007941536 Š Š Produced and published in conjunction with: Fine Creative Media, Inc.

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