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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Format:  Paperback,

465 pages

Edition: Modern Library

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Dec 2001

ISBN-13: 9780375757808

ISBN-10: 0375757805

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Hank Morgan, a self-reliant New Englander, awakes one morning to find himself in 6th century England. Morgan brings to King Arthur's utopian court the ingenuity and progress of enlightened 19th century America. However, this culture clash produces results that are at once satiric, anarchic, and darkly comic as Twain exposes the flaws of both worlds.

At its heart, "A Connecticut Yankee" is a powerful analysis of issues such as monarchy vs. democracy and free will vs. determinism.


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Dec 2001
ISBN-13: 9780375757808
ISBN-10: 0375757805
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 465
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Twain, Mark

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Chapter outline

Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xxi
A Word of Explanationp. 1
Camelotp. 10
King Arthur's Courtp. 14
Knights of the Table Roundp. 22
Sir Dinadan the Humoristp. 30
An Inspirationp. 36
The Eclipsep. 44
Merlin's Towerp. 52
The Bossp. 62
The Tournamentp. 72
Beginnings of Civilizationp. 80
The Yankee in Search of Adventuresp. 88
Slow Torturep. 98
Freemen!p. 106
Defend Thee, Lord!p. 118
Sandy's Talep. 126
Morgan le Fayp. 138
A Royal Banquetp. 148
In the Queen's Dungeonsp. 160
Knight-Errantry as a Tradep. 174
The Ogre's Castlep. 180
The Pilgrimsp. 190
The Holy Fountainp. 204
Restoration of the Fountainp. 216
A Rival Magicianp. 226
A Competitive Examinationp. 238
The First Newspaperp. 252
The Yankee and the King Travel Incognitop. 264
Drilling the Kingp. 274
The Small-Pox Hutp. 282
The Tragedy of the Manor Housep. 290
Marcop. 302
Dowley's Humiliationp. 312
Sixth-Century Political Economyp. 322
The Yankee and the King Sold as Slavesp. 336
A Pitiful Incidentp. 350
An Encounter in the Darkp. 360
An Awful Predicamentp. 366
Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescuep. 376
The Yankee's Fight with the Knightsp. 382
Three Years Laterp. 396
The Interdictp. 406
War!p. 412
The Battle of the Sand-Beltp. 426
A Postscript by Clarencep. 442
Referencesp. 451
Explanatory Notesp. 455
Note on the Textp. 477

Book description

Hank Morgan awakens one morning to find he has been transported from nineteenth-century New England to sixth-century England and the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Morgan brings to King Arthur’s utopian court the ingenuity of the future, resulting in a culture clash that is at once satiric, anarchic, and darkly comic.

Critically deemed one of Twain’s finest and most caustic works, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is both a delightfully entertaining story and a disturbing analysis of the efficacy of government, the benefits of progress, and the dissolution of social mores. It remains as powerful a work of fiction today as it was upon its first publication in 1889.

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