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They look alike, but they live in very different worlds. Tom Canty, impoverished and abused by his father, is fascinated with royalty. Edward Tudor, heir to the throne of England, is kind and generous but wants to run free and play in the river—just once. How insubstantial their differences truly are becomes clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing—and roles. The pauper finds himself caught up in the pomp and folly of the royal court, a role which is further complicated when the king dies soon after the switch; and the prince wanders horror-stricken through the lower strata of English society.

Out of the theme of switched identities, Mark Twain fashioned both a fiery assault upon social hypocrisy and injustice and a riotous comedy filled with high-spirited play.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A long, very readable narrative, extravagant in its substance, but simply told.”

    New York Times

  • “Funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of…exquisitely reasoned harangues against society’s ills.”

    Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Medal–winning author

  • “The tale is full of romantic surprises, and besides being rich in historical facts and teachings, is charged with a generous and ennobling moral.”

    Harper’s Monthly, 1882

  • The Prince and the Pauper is called by its author Mark Twain ‘a Tale for Young People of All Ages.’ We might add that it is a tale for old people of all ages as well...Its humour is delicate; its fun joyously real; and its pathos tender and deep. It does one good to read it, and that in these days is saying a great deal.”

    Graphic (London), 1882

  • “The characters come and go, live and breathe, suffer and rejoice, in an atmosphere of perfect reality, and with a vivid identity rarely to be found...The story is told with ineffable humor...full of a really admirable lesson, admirably told.”

    Edinburgh Scotsman, 1881

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darren | 2/16/2014

    " This book was interesting. I think everyone should read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Peter | 2/15/2014

    " Twain was fastenated by twins, as his writing name implies. I liked this book as a child, and I also loved the Disney version. I was in love with the girl who plays the princess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Eleanora | 2/14/2014

    " Okay at the beginning I thought this book was crap...but since it was an assigned book I never really got into it because we had to stop at certain chapters each night. But when I read I big stretch of it was getting better, then it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Asher | 2/13/2014

    " This book is amazing. One of Mark Twain's best. Great plot, lots of action, and good description. It is a must read "

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