A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By Mark Twain (Author), Stephen Railton (Introduction), Stephen Railton (Introduction and notes)


Format Paperback



A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

by Mark Twain, Stephen Railton, Stephen Railton
&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RMark Twain&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&R&&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R
  • New introductions commissioned from todays top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the readers viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each readers understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&ROne of the greatest satires in American literature, &&LB&&RMark Twain&&L/B&&R’s &&LI&&RA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court&&L/I&&R begins when Hank Morgan, a skilled mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England arms factory, is struck on the head during a quarrel and awakens to find himself among the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RWhat follows is a culture clash of the first magnitude, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the ignorance and superstition of the people, decides to enlighten them with education and technology. Through a series of wonderfully imaginative adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy as compared to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. At the same time, however, Twain raises the question of whether material progress necessarily creates a better society. As Hank becomes more powerful and self-righteous, he also becomes more ruthless, more autocratic, and less able to control events, until the only way out is a massively destructive war.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RWhile the dark pessimism that would fully blossom in Twain’s later works can be discerned in &&LI&&RA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court&&L/I&&R, the novel will nevertheless be remembered primarily for its wild leaps of imagination, brilliant wit, and entertaining storytelling.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&R&&LB&&RWith over 200 of the original illustrations by Dan Beard.&&L/B&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&R&&L/B&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LB&&RStephen Railton&&L/B&&R teaches American literature at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is &&LI&&RMark Twain: A Short Introduction&&L/I&&R.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R

Pub Date: 9/1/2005

ISBN: 9781593082109

Price: $7.95 / $9.50 CAN

Format: Paperback

Pages: 528 pages

Trim: 5.18 x 8 x 1.32 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Literature & Fiction / Barnes & Noble Classics

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics

Carton Quantity: 32

Series: Barnes & Noble Classics