This is a discounted bundle featuring Quicklets on 3 of Mark Twain’s most important books, including:
-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
-Life on the Mississippi
Here are selected excerpts below. Buy them together and save over 50% off the combined price!
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From the Quicklet on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
Since its initial publication in the mid-1880s, author Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has remained a perennial favorite of readers young and old. Often included in lists of the greatest American novels ever written, Huckleberry Finn has inspired reams of scholarly analysis in the century since its debut for the many ways, overt and subtle, that Twain both reflected and critiqued the cultural and social mores of the times in which he wrote.
The story of Huckleberry Finn is deceptively simple in its structure, telling of the further escapades of the title character, first introduced by Twain as a secondary protagonist in his 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (and who would later appear, again in a secondary role, in the sequel novels Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective).
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From the Quicklet on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:
When readers compare Mark Twain’s boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri and the life of young Tom Sawyer in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, they are bound to see parallels. In fact, Twain based the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on two kids he knew during his formative years. In his autobiography, Twain wrote that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is, in essence, a fictionalized account of his boyhood, with depictions of the school, the scenery and even the interactions with his classmates and teacher told in rich detail.
While many may have a romanticized view of schooling in the 19th century, Twain paints a picture not unlike those told by our own 21st-century children. Children look for distractions in and out of the classroom, homework is done with varying degrees of care, and the teacher piles on the work, trying not to get frustrated with the lack of attention from her students.
Tom doesn’t make any claims of being a well-behaved young man, and Twain certainly doesn’t portray him as such. Much of what Tom relays in his world is pleasant, reminding readers of a simpler existence free from the stresses of adulthood. As in the real world, however, evil casts shadows along the fringe of Tom’s reality, reminding us that things aren’t always perfect.
These connections between a classic and reality today are likely why The Adventures of Tom Sawyer continues to be Twain’s best-selling work. In an ironic twist, while this is a novel seemingly geared to older children, Twain himself has said, “It is not a boy’s book, at all. It will only be read by adults. It is only written for adults.” Regardless of the intended audience, this is certainly a book which continues to resonate with an audience of any age.