When Connecticut mechanic and foreman Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious, he wakes not to the familiar scenes of nineteenth-century America but to the bewildering sights and sounds of the sixth-century Camelot. Quickly imprisoned and very confused, he nonetheless realizes that his knowledge of the future can transform his fate. Morgan terrifies the people of England into releasing him by correctly predicting a solar eclipse from inside his prison cell, and swiftly establishes himself as the most powerful magician in the land, stronger than Merlin and greatly admired by King Arthur. But the Connecticut Yankee wishes for more than simply a place at the Round Table. Soon, he begins a far greater struggle: to bring American democratic ideals to Old England. Complex and fascinating, A Connecticut Yankee is a darkly comic consideration of the nature of mankind and society.
Justin Kaplan’s introduction explores Twain’s own divided attitude towards the modern world. This edition also contains forty-six of the novel’s original illustration’s by Dan Beard.