The Prince and the Pauper, a Tale for Young People

The Prince and the Pauper, a Tale for Young People

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Author: Twain, Mark [PSUED Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

Year: 1882

Publisher: James R Osgood & Co

Place: Boston


[2]+411+[5]pp with 192 illustrations. Royal octavo (8 1/2" x 7") First issue copyright page with Franklin Press; page 124 "estate" not corrected; page 263 "do not" not corrected and page 362 "reigned" not corrected all first issued points. (BAL 3402) (Blanck, 111) (McBride, 70) 1st state of the 1st American edition.

Thought by his family and many of his friends to be his best work, The Prince and the Pauper represented a risky departure for Twain in his attempt to write a serious and thoughtful adventure story for children. He considered publishing the book anonymously, as he feared that his reputation as a humorist would hurt its chances with the public, but finally decided to put his name to it, "and let it help me or hurt me as the fates shall direct." "The Prince and the Pauper was to be an act of culture. He had no hesitation, as he had had with Tom Sawyer, over whether this was a book for children or for grownups. From the very start he knew that he was writing for children" (Kaplan, 238, 248).


Recased with original spine laid down. A very good copy.

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