The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Format:  Paperback,

274 pages

Edition: Anniversary

Publisher: University of California Press

Publish Date: Jun 2010

ISBN-13: 9780520266124

ISBN-10: 0520266129

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This landmark anniversary edition contains a selection of Twain's hard-to-find letters and notes expressing his always-engaging opinions on the publication of "Tom Sawyer."


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Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: Jun 2010
ISBN-13: 9780520266124
ISBN-10: 0520266129
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 274
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.79
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.77 x 8.2
Walmart No.: 9780520266124

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 Writing of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Y-o-u-u Tom
Aunt Polly Decides Upon her Duty
Tom Practices Music
The Challenge
A Private Entrance
Strong Temptations
Strategic Movements
The Innocents Beguiled
Tom as a General
Triumph and Reward
Dismal Felicity
Commission and Omission
Mental Acrobatics
Attending Sunday-School
The Superintendent
Showing off
Tom Lionized
A Useful Minister
In Church
The Climax
The Midnight Charm
Witches and Devils
Cautious Approaches
Happy Hours
A Treaty Entered Into
Early Lessons
A Mistake Made
Tom Decides on his Course
Old Scenes Re-enacted
A Solemn Situation
Grave Subjects Introduced
Injun Joe Explains
The Solemn Oath
Terror Brings Repentance
Mental Punishment
Muff Potter Comes Himself
Tom's Conscience at Work
Tom Shows his Generosity
Aunt Polly Weakens
The Young Pirates
Going to the Rendezvous
The Camp-Fire Talk
A Sensation
Tom Steals Away from Camp
Tom Reconnoiters
Learns the Situation
Reports at Camp
A Day's Amusements
Tom Reveals a Secret
The Pirates take a Lesson
ANight Surprise
An Indian War
Memories of the Lost Heroes
The point in Tom's Secret
Tom's Feelings Investigated
Wonderful Dream
Becky Thatcher Overshadowed
Tom Becomes Jealous
Black Revenge
Tom Tells the Truth
Becky in a Dilemma
Tom's Nobility Asserts Itself
Youthful Eloquence
Compositions by the Young Ladies
A lengthy Vision
The Boy's Vengeance Satisfied
Tom's Confidence Betrayed
Expects Signal Punishment
Old Muff's Friends
Muff Potter in Court
Muff Potter Saved
Tom as the Village Hero
Days of Splendor and Nights of Horror
Pursuit of Injun Joe
About Kings and Diamonds
Search for the Treasures
Dead People and Ghosts
The Haunted House
Sleepy Ghosts
ABox of Gold
Bitter Luck
Doubts to be Settled
The Young Detectives
An Attempt at No. Two
Huck Mounts Guard
The Pic-nic
Huck on Injun Joe's Track
The "Revenge" Job
Aid for the Widow
The Welchman Reports
Huck Under Fire
The Story Circulated
ANew Sensation
Hope Giving Way to Despair
An Exploring Expedition
Trouble Commences
Lost in the Cave
Total Darkness
Found but not Saved
Tom tells the Story of their Escape
Tom's Enemy in Safe Quarters
The Fate of Injun Joe
Huck and Tom Compare Notes
An Expedition to the Cave
Protection Against Ghosts
An Awful Snug Place
A Reception at the Widow Douglas's
Springing a Secret
Mr. Jones' Surprise a Failure
ANew Order of Things
Poor Huck
New Adventures Plannedx
Explanatory Notes
Sources for Characters
Note on the Text


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.

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