The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 251 pages
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'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876) is Mark Twain's most popular book, and its hero is a national icon, celebrated as a distinctively American figure both at home and abroad. Tom Sawyer's bold spirit, winsome smile, and inventive solutions to the problems of everyday life in fictional St Petersburg - whether getting his friends to whitewash a fence for him, or escaping the demands of his vigilant Aunt Polly - have won him the hearts of generations. The very success of Mark Twains's first novel has obscured its contradictions and the extent to which the author's response to contemporary cultural developments was a mixed one. Tom Sawyer is not only a deft comedy and a powerful celebration of childhood. It also reflects how Mark Twain was in the process of finding his distinctive voice, a voice with which he could express the conflicts he felt about coming of age in America.
 

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User Review  - jon1lambert - LibraryThing

One of the books that I thought I had read but hadn't. It rushes along, adventure after adventure, capturing what it is is to be a child growing up. Read full review

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User Review  - dasam - LibraryThing

I had never read the Adventures of Tom Sawyer except in a childhood version in Golden Books or something like that. I skipped right over to read Huck Finn. While this is definitely a children's book ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER PAGE
6
Strong TemptationsStrategic MovementsThe Inno
18
Tom as a GeneralTriumph and RewardDismal
24
Mental AcrobaticsAttending Sunday SchoolThe
31
A Useful MinisterIn ChurchThe Climax
42
SelfExaminationDentistryThe Midnight Charm
48
A Treaty entered intoEarly LessonsA Mistake
60
Tom decides on His CourseOld Scenes reenacted
67
A Solemn SituationGrave Subjects introduced
73
The Solemn OathTerror brings Repentance
80
Muff Potter comes HimselfToms Conscience at
88
The Young PiratesGoing to the RendezvousThe
99
Camp LifeA SensationTom steals away from
107
Explanatory Notes
249
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About the author (1998)

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, novelist, writer, and lecturer. Lee Clark Mitchell took his MA at the University of Sussex.

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