A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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OUP Oxford, Oct 1, 1998 - Fiction - 400 pages
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When A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court was published in 1889, Mark Twain was undergoing a series of personal and professional crises. Thus what began as a literary burlesque of British chivalry and culture grew into a disturbing satire of modern technology and social thought. The story of Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American who is accidentally returned to sixth-century England, is a powerful analysis of such issues as monarchy versus democracy and free will versus determinism, but it is also one of Twain's finest comic novels, still fresh and funny after more than 100 years. In his introduction, M. Thomas Inge shows how A Connecticut Yankee develops from comedy to tragedy and so into a novel that remains a major literary and cultural text for new generations of readers. This edition reproduces a number of the original drawings by Dan Beard, of whom Twain said `he not only illustrates the text but he illustrates my thoughts'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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Audio book performed by William Defris Hank Morgan is an engineer and machinist in 1879 Connecticut. After a blow to the head that knocks him unconscious, he awakens beneath a tree and discovers he ... Read full review

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A time travel book, the first? Clemens' view of the 6th century from the 19th is amazing. And, I was in awe that the words he used in the 19th century are good in the 21st...slang for example. This is ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
A WORD OF EXPLANATION
CHAPTER ICAMELOT
CHAPTER IIKING ARTHURS COURT
CHAPTER IIIKNIGHTS OF THE TABLE ROUND
CHAPTER IVSIR DINADAN THE HUMORIST
CHAPTER VAN INSPIRATION
CHAPTER VITHE ECLIPSE
CHAPTER XXIVA RIVAL MAGICIAN
CHAPTER XXVA COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION
CHAPTER XXVITHE FIRST NEWSPAPER
CHAPTER XXVIITHE YANKEE AND THE KING TRAVEL INCOGNITO
CHAPTER XXVIIIDRILLING THE KING
CHAPTER XXIXTHE SMALLPOX HUT
CHAPTER XXXTHE TRAGEDY OF THE MANORHOUSE
CHAPTER XXXIMARCO

CHAPTER VIIMERLINS TOWER
CHAPTER VIIITHE BOSS
CHAPTER IXTHE TOURNAMENT
CHAPTER XBEGINNINGS OF CIVILIZATION
CHAPTER XITHE YANKEE IN SEARCH OF ADVENTURES
CHAPTER XIISLOW TORTURE
CHAPTER XIIIFREEMEN
CHAPTER XIVDEFEND THEE LORD
CHAPTER XVSANDYS TALE
CHAPTER XVIMORGAN LE FAY
CHAPTER XVIIA ROYAL BANQUET
CHAPTER XVIIIIN THE QUEENS DUNGEONS
CHAPTER XIXKNIGHTERRANTRY AS A TRADE
CHAPTER XXTHE OGRES CASTLE
CHAPTER XXITHE PILGRIMS
CHAPTER XXIITHE HOLY FOUNTAIN
CHAPTER XXIIIRESTORATION OF THE FOUNTAIN
CHAPTER XXXIIDOWLEYS HUMILIATION
CHAPTER XXXIIISIXTH CENTURY POLITICAL ECONOMY
CHAPTER XXXIVTHE YANKEE AND THE KING SOLD AS SLAVES
CHAPTER XXXVA PITIFUL INCIDENT
CHAPTER XXXVIAN ENCOUNTER IN THE DARK
CHAPTER XXXVIIAN AWFUL PREDICAMENT
CHAPTER XXXVIIISIR LAUNCELOT AND KNIGHTS TO THE RESCUE
CHAPTER XXXIXTHE YANKEES FIGHT WITH THE KNIGHTS
CHAPTER XLTHREE YEARS LATER
CHAPTER XLITHE INTERDICT
CHAPTER XLIIWAR
CHAPTER XLIIITHE BATTLE OF THE SANDBELT
CHAPTER XLIVA POSTSCRIPT BY CLARENCE
EXPLANATORY NOTES
THE WORLDS CLASSICS
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About the author (1998)

M. Thomas Inge is Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia. He has received awards from the American Humor Studies Association and the Mark Twain Circle for his contribution to the study of American humour and Mark Twain.

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