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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Format:  Paperback,

288 pages

Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2004

ISBN-13: 9781593080686

ISBN-10: 1593080689

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"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," by Mark Twain, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics": New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters-the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky-as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. Below Tom Sawyer's sunny surface lurk hints of a darker reality, of youthful innocence and naiveteconfronting the cruelty, hypocrisy, and foolishness of the adult world-a theme that would become more pronounced in Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Despite such suggestions, Tom Sawyer remains Twain's joyful ode to the endless possibilities of childhood.
H. Daniel Peck is John Guy Vassar Professor of English at Vassar College and is the author of "Thoreau's Morning Work" and "A World by Itself: The Pastoral Moment in Cooper's Fiction,"

Specifications

Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2004
ISBN-13: 9781593080686
ISBN-10: 1593080689
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.5 x 0.75

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

The text of The adventures of Tom Sawyerp. 1
Backgrounds and contextsp. 181
[Autobiography]p. 183
Letter to Will Bowen, 6 February 1870p. 191
The cave at Hannibalp. 193
Miss Clapp's schoolp. 197
The old-time school-disciplinep. 200
Dissection of the deadp. 201
[The case against dissection]p. 204
The page that Becky tore?p. 208
Fire in a liquid formp. 209
Boy culturep. 213
[Mark Twain's Missouri]p. 221
The story of the bad little boy who didn't come to griefp. 225
The story of the good little boy who did not prosperp. 228
From Robin Hood and His Merry Forestersp. 231
Boy's manuscriptp. 239
Correspondence on The adventures of Tom Sawyerp. 253
[Revisions inspired by Howells]p. 260
Criticismp. 263
[Review]p. 265
The composition and the structure of Tom Sawyerp. 267
The sanctioned rebelp. 279
Boy books, bad boy books, and The adventures of Tom Sawyerp. 290
Masculinity and the logic of sympathy in The adventures of Tom Sawyerp. 306
Why Mark Twain murdered Injun Joe - and will never be indictedp. 332
200 rattling pictures" : True Williams and the imagetext of the first American edition of The adventures of Tom Sawyerp. 353
Mark Twain : a chronologyp. 379

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2002-06-01)

Huckleberry Finn may be the greater book, but Tom Sawyer has always been more widely read. Moreover, it is a book that can be enjoyed equally by both children and adults. Twain, who called it a "hymn" to boyhood, would be thrilled that in narrator Patrick Fraley his hymn has found its most passionate voice. Many good unabridged readings of Tom Sawyer have already been recorded, but most are simply that: readings.

Fraley's performance is something more; in attempting to bring each character to life, his enthusiasm for the material is so palpable that the mere sound of his voice commands attention. A can't-miss addition to all libraries, including those that have other Tom Sawyer programs. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain’s tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave.

Below Tom Sawyer’s sunny surface lurk hints of a darker reality, of youthful innocence and naïveté confronting the cruelty, hypocrisy, and foolishness of the adult world—a theme that would become more pronounced in Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Despite such suggestions, Tom Sawyer remains Twain’s joyful ode to the endless possibilities of childhood.

H. Daniel Peck is John Guy Vassar Professor of English at Vassar College and is the author of Thoreau’s Morning Work and A World by Itself: The Pastoral Moment in Cooper’s Fiction.

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