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The Prince and the Pauper
Author Mark Twain
Country Setting is England Flag of the United Kingdom; Written in the United States Flag of the United States
Language English
Genre(s) Realistic Fiction
Publication date

The Prince and the Pauper was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the united states. Written by Mark Twain, the book represents his first attempt at historical fiction. The book, set in 1547, tells the story of 2 young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward, son of Henry VIII of England. 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. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the anthem of the United Kingdom is God Save the Queen. See also Proposed English National Anthems. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Realism in the visual arts and literature is the depiction of subjects as they appear in everyday life, without embellishment or interpretation. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 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 1547 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Edward VI (12 October 1537 – 6 July 1553) became King of England, King of France (in practice only the town and surrounding district of Calais) and Ireland on 28 January 1547, and crowned on 20 February, at just nine years of age. ... Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland, later King of Ireland, from 22 April 1509 until his death. ...


Plot summary

Due to misconceptions of each other's lifestyles, the boys exchange roles, with Tom Canty brought into the palace, and Prince Edward attempting to escape from the clutches of Tom's father. Finally Edward attaches himself to a discredited nobleman, Miles Hendon, who offers to help him return to the palace. Meanwhile, news reaches them that King Henry VIII has died and Edward is the rightful king.

After a series of adventures, including a stint in prison, Edward manages to exchange places with Tom just as the latter is about to celebrate his coronation. Tom is eager to give up the throne, but the nobles refuse to believe that the beggarly child is the rightful king, until he produces the Great Seal that he had hidden before leaving the palace. Later, Miles is rewarded with a raised noble rank of an Earl and the unique family right to sit in the presence of the king. As for Tom, in gratitude in supporting the new King's claim to the throne, Edward names him "The King's Monkeyman," a privileged position he holds for the rest of his life. For other uses, see Earl (disambiguation). ...

Literary significance & criticism

Much of the humor in the book originates in the two boys' inability to function in the world that is so familiar to the other, although Tom soon displays considerable wisdom in his decisions. In many ways, the book is a social satire, particularly compelling in its condemnation of the inequality that existed between the classes in Tudor England. In that sense, Twain abandons the wry Midwestern style for which he is best known and adopts a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens. “Dickens” redirects here. ...

Though not as popular among critics as Twain's other works, the book foreshadowed the author's successful forays into historical fiction with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In the later book, Twain depicted some manifestly unjust laws prevailing in Tudor England as if they had already existed in the 5th century society of King Arthur - an obvious anachronism. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. ...

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

The book was later adapted for the stage in an episode that involved Twain in a serious lawsuit with the playwright. It was also the basis of several films, one of which, released in 1937, starred Errol Flynn (as Hendon) and twins Billy and Bobby Mauch as Tom Canty and Edward Tudor respectively. The film was originally intended to coincide with the coronation of King George VI, but its release was delayed and it was first screened the following year in 1937. Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959) was an Australian-born film actor, most famous for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle. ... The Mauch Twins Billy Mauch and his identical twin brother, Bobby Mauch, (6 July 1924 - ????) were 1930s child actors. ... George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 11 December 1936 until his death. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

There was a 1962 Disney 3-part Wonderful World of Disney adaptation with Guy Williams as Miles Hendon. Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... The first incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ... Guy Williams (born Armando Joseph Catalano) (January 14, 1924 - May 7, 1989) was an American actor and former male fashion model, who played swashbuckling action heroes in the 1950s and 1960s, but never quite achieved movie star status[1], despite his appearance (including hazel eyes, 63 height, and 190...

A 1977 film version of the story, starring Oliver Reed as Miles Hendon, co-starring Mark Lester and Raquel Welch, and directed by Richard Fleischer, was released in the UK as The Prince and the Pauper but in the US under the title Crossed Swords. Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... For the film director, see Mark L. Lester. ... Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress. ... Richard Fleischer (born December 8, 1916) is an American film director. ... Crossed Swords (UK title: The Prince and the Pauper) is a family / adventure film released in 1977, directed by Richard Fleischer, based on The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. ...

The BBC produced a television adaptation by Richard Harris, consisting of six 30 minute episodes, in 1976. Nicholas Lyndhurst played both Prince Edward and Tom Canty. It was adapted again in 1996. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Richard Harris (b. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nicholas Lyndhurst (born April 21, 1961 in Emsworth, Hampshire) is an English actor. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

The book was also adapted by The Walt Disney Company into a 24-minute short film starring Mickey Mouse, which was released in 1990 and screened with The Rescuers Down Under. In 2004 it was adapted again, this time into an 85-minute CGI-animated musical, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper, with Barbie playing both the blonde Princess Anneliese and the brunette pauper, Erika. Martin Short provided the voice for the villain, Preminger. The film was released directly to DVD and VHS. In 2006 Garfield's second live-action film entitled Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, was yet another adaptation of the classic book. In 2007, there will be a new movie about a modern-day Prince and The Pauper story starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Mickey Mouse headshot The image above is proposed for deletion. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Rescuers Down Under is the twenty-ninth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on November 16, 1990. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper is a direct-to-video Barbie movie. ... Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ... Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian/American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Garfield the cat was created by Jim Davis featuring Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, and their owner Jon Arbuckle. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Dylan Thomas Sprouse and Cole Mitchell Sprouse (born August 4, 1992) are American identical twin brother actors. ...

In some of these versions, Prince Edward takes the precaution of carrying identification when he assumes Tom's role; an idea whose effectiveness varies depending on the versions.

In music, the Canadian geek rock band Moxy Früvous recorded the song King of Spain which is a modern retelling of the famed story, as the former King works at the Pizza Pizza. Moxy Früvous is a folk-pop/geek-rock band from the Toronto, Ontario area. ... King of Spain (sometimes written as The King of Spain) is a song by Canadian musical group Moxy Früvous. ... Pizza Pizza Logo Pizza! Pizza! is also an advertising slogan used by Little Caesars, an American pizza restaurant chain. ...

On the Wishbone TV series, there was an episode titled The Prince and the Pooch.

See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 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. ... Humorous short story written by Mark Twain in 1867. ... The Front page of booklet for The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County... Can A CON CON a CON? The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is an 1867 short story by Mark Twain. ... Mark Twains (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance This short volume, published by Sheldon in 1871, is Mark Twains third book. ... 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. ... [Date: 1601. ... Mark Twain Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. ... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. ... Tom Sawyer Abroad is a novel by Mark Twain published in 1894. ... Puddnhead Wilson is a novel by Mark Twain. ... Tom Sawyer, Detective is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain. ... Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc is a historical book by Mark Twain. ... The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg is a piece of short fiction by Mark Twain. ... Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany is an earnest satire by Mark Twain. ... King Leopolds Soliloquy is a 1905 pamphlet by Mark Twain. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The War Prayer The War Prayer, a short story or prose poem by Mark Twain, is a scathing indictment of war, and particularly of blind patriotic and religious fervor as motivations for war. ... Captain Stormfields Visit to Heaven is a short-story written by American writer Mark Twain and published in 1909. ... Letters from the Earth is one of Mark Twains posthumously published works. ... The Mysterious Stranger is an unfinished work written by the American author Mark Twain that was worked on periodically from roughly 1890 up until his death in 1910. ... Innocents Abroad cover The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims Progress was published by American author Mark Twain in 1869. ... Roughing It is a semi-non-fiction work written by American author Mark Twain. ... Old Times on the Mississippi is a non-fiction work by Mark Twain. ... A Tramp Abroad was a work of non-fiction travel literature published by American author Mark Twain in 1880. ... 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. ... A series of essays by Twain which describe his own writing style, attack the idiocy of a fellow author, defend the virtue of a dead woman, and try to protect ordinary citizens from insult by railroad conductors. ... Following the Equator is basically a tour of the British Empire undertaken by Mark Twain as a response to regain his financial status and extricate himself from debt incurred from his failed investment in the revolutionary typesetting machine. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Christian Science by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) is a highly critical essay on the beliefs of Christian Scientists. ... Cover of the first edition Is Shakespeare Dead? is a short, semi-autobiographical work by American humorist Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. ... Published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, Mark Twain’s Autobiography was a two volume set and was purposely published over ten years after the authors death in order to protect the “guilty. ... Sketches New and Old is a group of fictional stories by Mark Twain. ... The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories is a 1893 collection of short stories by American writer Mark Twain. ...

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The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.
The prince, mistaken for Tom, is forced to live a pauper's life, while Tom unwillingly takes on the life of a prince.
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Not satiric and comic like his earlier books, Prince and Pauper was Twain's stab at respectablity; a book to get him accepted by the genteel Hartford society that he was living among.
The real-life Edward VI (the "Prince" of the title) was the son of Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour; he ascended to the throne upon his father's death on Jan. 28, 1547, at the age of nine years, reigning for only five and a half years; he died of measles, tuberculosis, and smallpox.
The Prince and the Pauper tells of the real-life events of 1547 England, when King Henry VIII died and his son, Edward VI, took over the throne.
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