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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Frontispiece of 1st edition
Author Mark Twain
Illustrator True Williams
Cover artist created by Mark Twain
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Bildungsroman, Picaresque, Satire, Folk, Children's Novel
Publisher American Publishing Company
Publication date 1876
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 275pp
ISBN NA
Followed by Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
 


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, is a popular 1876 novel about a young boy growing up in the Antebellum South on the Mississippi River in St. Petersburg, Missouri. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1115x1536, 312 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. ... In political geography and international politics, a country is a political division of a geographical entity, a sovereign territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation and government. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A Bildungsroman (IPA: /, German: novel of personal development) is a novelistic form which concentrates on the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the protagonist usually from childhood to maturity. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN-13 represented as EAN-13 bar code (in this case ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0) The International Standard Book Number, ISBN, is a unique[1] commercial book identifier barcode. ... Mark Twain Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. ... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Antebellum is a Latin word meaning before war(ante means before and bellum is war). ... This article is 88 kilobytes or more in size. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...

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About the Book

Tom Sawyer, a mischievous redheaded orphan taken in by his Aunt Polly, goes through a series of adventures involving his friends, Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn. Tom is an escape master, and a professional trickster. He escapes punishment many times by his tricks. Though he is often foolish and unpredictable, he also is somewhat smart and has a good sense of humor. When not trying to win his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, Tom is either getting into mischief or going on an adventure. Many times, Tom suddenly changes from his grinning self into a fearsome pirate or Indian. His laugh changes into a bloodcurdling yell or a barking captain's voice. Tom Sawyer's main doings are racing bugs, impressing girls with fights and stunts in the schoolyard, getting lost in a cave, and playing pirates on the Mississippi River. The best-known passage in the book describes how Sawyer persuades his friends to white-wash, or paint, a long fence for him. Tom Sawyer (born 1833?) is the title character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). ... Orphans, by Thomas Kennington An orphan (from the Greek ορφανός) is a person (typically a child), who has lost both parents, often through death. ... Joesph Joe Harper is Tom Sawyers best friend in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and joins Tom on some of his adventures. ... Mark Twains series of books featuring the fictional character Tom Sawyer include: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896) Tom Sawyer also appears in at least three unfinished Twain works, Huck and Tom Among the Indians, Schoolhouse... Rebecca Becky Thatcher is a character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. ... Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico A cave is a natural underground void large enough for a human to enter. ... Look up pirate and piracy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ...


Literary significance & criticism

The sales of Tom Sawyer were lukewarm at first. It initially sold less than a third as many copies as Twain's Innocents Abroad. By the time of Mark Twain's death, however, Tom Sawyer was both an American classic and a bestseller. Innocents Abroad cover Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims Progress was published by American author Mark Twain in 1869. ... A bestseller is a book that is identified as extremely popular by its inclusion on lists of currently top selling titles that are based on publishing industry and booktrade figures and published by newspapers, magazines, or bookstore chains. ...


Tom Sawyer also appears in three other Mark Twain books:

  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
  2. Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894)
  3. Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896)

Of these, Huckleberry Finn, in which Tom Sawyer is only a minor character, is considered to have by far the most literary merit. Mark Twain Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. ... Year 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Tom Sawyer Abroad is a novel by Mark Twain published in 1894. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Tom Sawyer, Detective is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ...


Film adaptations

The story of Tom Sawyer has been filmed or animated multiple times during the past century. Some of the film adaptations of Twain's novel include:

Tom Sawyer (1907) was a silent film based on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer made by Kalem Studios in New York City, and was the first time Twains character had appeared on film. ... Tom Sawyer is a 1917 Paramount Pictures silent film starring Jack Pickford, Robert Gordon, and Clara Horton; it is based on Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. ... William Desmond Taylor William Desmond Taylor (born William Cunningham Deane-Tanner April 26, 1872 in Carlow, Ireland – February 1, 1922 in Los Angeles) was a successful US film director and a popular figure in the growing Hollywood film colony of the 1910s and early 20s. ... John Charles Smith (August 18, 1896 - January 3, 1933) was a Canadian-born American actor. ... John Philip Cromwell (11 September 1901 – 19 November 1943) was a submariner of the United States Navy. ... John Leslie (Jackie) Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent films. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Norman Taurog, (February 23, 1899 - April 7, 1981) was an American film director born in Chicago, Illinois. ... William Cameron Menzies (July 29, 1896 - March 5, 1957) was an Academy Award-winning and versatile art director who earned acclaim on silent films and later pioneered the use of color in film for dramatic effect. ... Tom Sawyer (1973 film/I) was a popular film version of the Mark Twain boyhood adventure story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. ... John O. Whitaker, Jr. ... Jodie Foster (born November 19, 1962) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, director, and producer. ... Buddy Ebsen (April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003) was an American actor and dancer, who is best-remembered for his role as Jed Clampett in the popular television series The Beverly Hillbillies. ... Adventures of Tom Sawyer ) is an anime series directed by Hiroshi Saitô which was aired in 1980. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Nippon Animation (日本アニメーション) is a Japanese animation studio. ... // Nippon Animation logo. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... The term Claymation is a registered trademark created by Will Vinton Studios to describe their clay animated movies; the more generic term is clay animation, but the portmanteau claymation has entered the English language as a genericized trademark. ... Harold Eugene Roach, Sr. ... Tom & Huck is a 1995 Disney film starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro, Joey Stinson, and Rachel Leigh Cook; it is based on Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born Jonathan Taylor Weiss on September 8, 1981 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American child actor and former teen idol best remembered for his roles of middle child Randy Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement and the voice of the young Simba in Disneys The Lion... Bradley Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 - May 22, 2007) was an American actor, born in Knoxville, Tennessee and was raised by his grandmother. ... This animated version of Tom Sawyer, like Disneys Robin Hood, features a cast of anthropomorphic animals instead of humans. ... Rhett Akins (born October 13, 1969 in Valdosta, Georgia) is a country singer and songwriter. ... Mark Wills (born Daryl Mark Williams on August 8, 1973) is a country singer. ... This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Waylon Jennings in the 1960s. ... Hank Williams, Jr. ... Betty White (January 17, 1922) is an Emmy Award-winning American film and television actress with a career spanning 60 years, often referred to as The first lady of Television and Americas Sweetheart. She also appeared in radio programs, in movies and the theater, in commercials, and was also...

Trivia

In dictations for his autobiography, Twain claimed Tom Sawyer "must have been" the first book whose manuscript was typed on a typewriter. However, typewriter historian Darryl Rehr has concluded that Twain's first typed manuscript was Life on the Mississippi.[1] Life on the Mississippi cover Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. ...



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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (919 words)
Tom soon found himself tormented with a desire to drink and swear; the desire grew to be so intense that nothing but the hope of a chance to display himself in his red sash kept him from withdrawing from the order.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is concerned with the escapades of a young boy living in a Mississippi River town during a summer in the 1840s.
Tom and Huck stumble upon Joe and a stranger at a deserted house on the outskirts of town, and learn of a stash of gold Joe is carrying.
GradeSaver: ClassicNote: About The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (639 words)
With the publishing of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain introduced the two immortal characters of Tom and Huckleberry to the "Hall of Fame" of American literature, as well as re-invented the traditional frontier tale.
Critics agree that the story is often overshadowed by the novel's sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; but there is no doubt that Tom Sawyer is considered among one of the greatest pieces of American fiction, particularly with Twain's exceptional ability to capture the "idylls of boyhood" with such vivid and dramatic detail.
Tom's adventures are closely tied with ghost lore, haunted houses, witchcraft, and animal lore; this theme of the superstition and folklore is a common thread in many of Twain's works and exhibits his firsthand knowledge of the popular beliefs of inhabitants of the Mississippi Valley.
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