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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
     

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

by Mark Twain, Henry Nash Smith, Bernard L. Stein
 

ISBN-10: 0520036212

ISBN-13: 9780520036215

Pub. Date: 12/12/1979

Publisher: University of California Press

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.

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520036215
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/12/1979
Series:
Works of Mark Twain Series , #9
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
847
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: "A Land Without Chromos"ix
Prefacexxix
A Word of Explanationxxxi
Chapter 1Camelot1
Chapter 2King Arthur's Court7
Chapter 3Knights of the Table Round17
Chapter 4Sir Dinadan the Humorist27
Chapter 5An Inspiration33
Chapter 6The Eclipse43
Chapter 7Merlin's Tower53
Chapter 8The Boss63
Chapter 9The Tournament73
Chapter 10Beginnings of Civilization83
Chapter 11The Yankee in Search of Adventures91
Chapter 12Slow Torture103
Chapter 13Freemen!113
Chapter 14"Defend Thee, Lord!"125
Chapter 15Sandy's Tale133
Chapter 16Morgan le Fay145
Chapter 17A Royal Banquet155
Chapter 18In the Queen's Dungeons169
Chapter 19Knight Errantry as a Trade183
Chapter 20The Ogre's Castle191
Chapter 21The Pilgrims201
Chapter 22The Holy Fountain217
Chapter 23Restoration of the Fountain231
Chapter 24A Rival Magician243
Chapter 25A Competitive Examination257
Chapter 26The First Newspaper273
Chapter 27The Yankee and the King Travel Incognito287
Chapter 28Drilling the King299
Chapter 29The Small-Pox Hut307
Chapter 30The Tragedy of the Manor-House317
Chapter 31Marco331
Chapter 32Dowley's Humiliation343
Chapter 33Sixth Century Political Economy355
Chapter 34The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves371
Chapter 35A Pitiful Incident387
Chapter 36An Encounter in the Dark399
Chapter 37An Awful Predicament407
Chapter 38Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescue417
Chapter 39The Yankee's Fight with the Knights425
Chapter 40Three Years Later439
Chapter 41The Interdict451
Chapter 42War!459
Chapter 43The Battle of the Sand Belt475
Chapter 44A Postscript by Clarence493
Final P.S. By M.T.497

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