A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Paperback)

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By Mark Twain, Justin Kaplan (Introduction by)
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Hank is going about his life, a common sense sort of Yankee, working as a mechanic when he is coshed on the head, knocked out, and awakens not in 1879 anymore, but in 528, the days of Camelot.  Discovered and captured, the wily Hank saves himself by ingenuity and predictions (after all, he knows the future).  Made a minister to the king he, of course, continues to get into trouble.  All of your favorites from the tales of King Arthur and the Round Table are there.  Twain has fun with this time travel satire of a no-nonsense Yankee palling around with King Arthur and his Knights.

— Deon Stonehouse


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 sixth-century Camelot. Although confused at first and quickly imprisoned, he soon realises that his knowledge of the future can transform his fate. Correctly predicting a solar eclipse from inside his prison cell, Morgan terrifies the people of England into releasing him and swiftly establishes himself as the most powerful magician in the land, stronger than Merlin and greatly admired by Arthur himself. 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 human nature and society.

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About the Author

Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published.

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"Twain is the funniest literary American writer. . . . [I]t must have been a great pleasure to be him."
--George Saunders
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140430646
ISBN-10: 0140430644
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: February 28th, 1972
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: English Library