The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Edition 1

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Edition 1

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by Mark Twain
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1551116529

ISBN-13: 9781551116525

Pub. Date: 05/16/2006

Publisher: Broadview Press

Mischief is Tom Sawyer's middle name. There is nothing he likes better than playing hookey from school, messing about on the Mississippi with his best friend, the hobo Huckleberry Finn, or wooing the elusive beauty Becky Thatcher. Lazy and reckless, he is a menace to his Aunt Polly - 'Tom, I've a notion to skin you alive' - an embarrassment to his teachers and the

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Mischief is Tom Sawyer's middle name. There is nothing he likes better than playing hookey from school, messing about on the Mississippi with his best friend, the hobo Huckleberry Finn, or wooing the elusive beauty Becky Thatcher. Lazy and reckless, he is a menace to his Aunt Polly - 'Tom, I've a notion to skin you alive' - an embarrassment to his teachers and the envy of his peers. But there is method in his badness. He exhibits all the cunning of a magpie when hatching an elaborate scheme to avoid whitewashing a fence, and an adventure downriver with Huck and Joe Harper plunges the little town of St Petersburg into such an outpouring of grief that Tom is spared the belt on his return. But the innocent adventures end suddenly when Tom and Huck witness a murder in the graveyard. Should they tell of what they saw under the moonlight, when Injun Joe slipped the bloodstained knife into the hands of Muff Potter? Or should they 'keep mum' and risk letting an innocent man go to the gallows?

'Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest of those boys who were schoolmates of mine', Mark Twain wrote in the preface to the original 1876 edition. Inspired by his upbringing in a small township on the Mississippi, and written 'to remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in', Twain's hymn to childhood and the great outdoors remains a classic account of boys on the loose in frontier-era America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551116525
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
05/16/2006
Series:
Broadview Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,247,758
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Mark Twain: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text and Illustrations
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Appendix A: Composition, Marketing, and Reviews of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1. Composition a. From Twain’s “Boy’s Manuscript” (c. 1870)
b. From “Unpublished Chapters from the Autobiography of Mark Twain,” Harper's Monthly Magazine (August 1922)
c. The Tom Sawyer manuscript d. Twain’s Correspondence with William Dean Howells (1875-76)
2. Marketing: Advertisement of Subscription Books (1876)
3. Contemporary Reviews a. William Dean Howells, Atlantic Monthly (May 1876)
b. Anonymous, New York World (1 January 1877)
c. Anonymous, New York Times (13 January 1877)
Appendix B: Twain’s Memories of Hannibal
1. Letter to Will Bowen (6 February 1870)
2. Hannibal in 1848
3. From Twain, Life on the Mississippi (1883)
4. From Twain, “Chapters from My Autobiography,” North American Review (2 November 1906)
5. From Twain, “Villagers of 1840-43” (1897)
6. Slavery in Hannibal a. From Twain, “Chapters from My Autobiography,” North American Review (1 March 1907)
b. Advertisement for Slaves (1848)
Appendix C: Bad Boys and Boy Books
1. Bad Boys a. From B.P. Shillaber, Mrs. Partington’s Knitting Work, and what was done by her plaguy boy Ike (1880)
b. From Twain, “The Story of the Bad Little Boy” (1865)
2. Boy Books a. From Thomas Bailey Aldrich, The Story of a Bad Boy (1869)
b. From Charles Dudley Warner, Being a Boy (1877)
c. From William Dean Howells, A Boy’s Town (1890)
Appendix D: A Small-Town American Childhood in the 1840s
1. School a. From McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book (1846)
b. From the Friends Infant School (1838)
2. Sunday School a. From “The Sunday-School Child” (1845)
b. From “The glass of whiskey” (1845)
3. The Temperance Movement: Announcement in the Hannibal Gazette (17 June 1846)
4. Games: From The Boy’s Story Book for Winter Evenings (1838)
5. The Circus: Advertisement in the Hannibal Gazette (October 1847)
6. The Minstrel Show a. Song from “Bone Squash Diavolo” (1835)
b. Dialogue, “Mosquitoes” (1902)
7. Reading a. Lawrence Lovechild, “The Deceitful Little Boy” (1840)
b. From Samuel Griswold Goodrich (“Peter Parley”), “Bill Vacant and Henry Hawkseye,” Robert Merry's Annual, for all seasons (1840)
c. From Jacob Abbott, Rollo Learning to Read (1855)
d. From Stephen Percy, Robin Hood and His Merry Foresters (1845)
e. From Ned Buntline, The Black Avenger, Story of the Spanish Main, The Weekly Novelette (1859)
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book 4 star rating. I like books that are adventurous. These kinds of books take me to a different place when I read. In the book when Tom and Huck adventure out to the graveyard because they hear something they go out and put their lives on the line. This is one part in the book that kept me on my toe's wondering what will happen next. I loved it! Any one that enjoys reading a great adventurous book this is the first book you should take a look at. You will be amazed at what you read. I know I was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My review of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was that it was an amazing book that I truly enjoyed. It was adventurous and also funny. I would recommend this book to anybody boy or girl. It was a little slow at the beginning but then it started to really pick up. I am thinking of reading it again just to make sure that I got everything in the story. There was a little for everybody. This was my favorite book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was such a awsome book, I loved it! like my headline says. the best book ever. to tell you the truth i never read it. but i heard it was good!