The Prince and The Pauper

Mark Twain Fiction

The Prince and The Pauper


Set in 1547, The Prince and The Pauper brings together Tom Canty, and impoverished urchin who lives with his abusive father in London’s filthiest streets, and pampered Prince Edward, the son and heir of King Henry VIII. Noticing their uncanny resemblance, the two boys trade clothes on a whim. While Tom lives in the lap on luxury and finds he has a knack for rendering wise judgments, the ragged Prince Edward roams the city and discovers firsthand the misery of his poorest subjects’ lives. But when the king dies and Edward tries to claim his throne, he finds that changing places will be difficult to undo. In this rollicking tale, Twain’s scathing indictment of injustice comes richly clothed in his trademark humor and wit.



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