The Prince and the Pauper
Author: Mark Twain
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Guided Reading Level:
Classics, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Middle Ages, Character and Values, European
Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, The Prince and the Pauper is a delight satire of England's romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparked the best of Mark Twain's tall tales. Two boys, one an urchin from London's filthy lanes, the other a prince born in a lavish palace, unwittingly trade identities. Thus a bedraggled "Prince of Poverty" discovers that his private dreams have all the come true, while a pampered Prince of Wales finds himself tossed into a rough-and-tumble world of squalid beggars and villainous thieves.
Originally written as a story for children, The Prince and the Pauper is a classic novel for adults as well, through its stinging attack on the ageless human folly of attempting to measure true worth by outer appearances.
Mark Twain was the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Florida, Missouri on Nov. 30, 1835, died April. 21, 1910, who achieved worldwide fame during his lifetime as an author, lecturer, satirist, and humorist.