By Mark Twain

ISBN-10: 159308210X

ISBN-13: 9781593082109

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's courtroom, by means of Mark Twain, is a part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which deals caliber versions at cheap costs to the scholar and the overall reader, together with new scholarship, considerate layout, and pages of rigorously crafted extras. listed below are many of the impressive good points of Barnes & Noble Classics: All variants are superbly designed and are revealed to greater standards; a few comprise illustrations of old curiosity. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls jointly a constellation of influences—biographical, historic, and literary—to increase every one reader's realizing of those enduring works. One of the best satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court docket starts whilst Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England hands manufacturing unit, is struck at the head in the course of a quarrel and awakens to discover himself one of the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot.What follows is a tradition conflict of the 1st importance, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of knowledge and superstition of the folk, makes a decision to enlighten them with schooling and expertise. via a sequence of splendidly ingenious adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy in comparison to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. while, even if, Twain increases the query of no matter if fabric development inevitably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra strong and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and no more in a position to keep an eye on occasions, till the single approach out is a hugely harmful war.While the darkish pessimism that may totally blossom in Twain’s later works could be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court docket, the unconventional will however be remembered essentially for its wild leaps of mind's eye, terrific wit, and unique storytelling.With over two hundred of the unique illustrations through Dan Beard. Stephen Railton teaches American literature on the collage of Virginia. His newest publication is Mark Twain: a brief creation.

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CHAPTER X. - Beginnings of Civilization. CHAPTER XI. - The Yankee in Search of Adventures. CHAPTER XII. - Slow Torture. CHAPTER XIII. - Freemen! CHAPTER XIV. ” CHAPTER XV. - Sandy’s Tale. CHAPTER XVI. - Morgan le Fay. CHAPTER XVII. - A Royal Banquet. CHAPTER XVIII. - In the Queen’s Dungeons. CHAPTER XIX. - Knight Errantry as a Trade. CHAPTER XX. - The Ogre’s Castle. CHAPTER XXI. - The Pilgrims. CHAPTER XXII. - The Holy Fountain. CHAPTER XXIII. - Restoration of the Fountain. CHAPTER XXIV. - A Rival Magician.

CHAPTER XXXIII. - Sixth Century Political Economy. CHAPTER XXXIV. - The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves. CHAPTER XXXV. - A Pitiful lncident. CHAPTER XXXVI. - An Encounter in the Dark. CHAPTER XXXVII. - An Awful Predicament. CHAPTER XXXVIII. - Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescue. CHAPTER XXXIX. - The Yankee’s Fight witch the Knights. CHAPTER XL. - Three Years Later. CHAPTER XLI. - The Interdict. CHAPTER XLII. - War! CHAPTER XLIII. - The Battle of the Sand-Belt. CHAPTER XLIV. - A Postscript by Clarence.

But after the battle, as he and his technicians find themselves trapped by the bodies of the 25,000 men they have killed, they discover their technology has conquered them too—and made those figures of speech about hell on earth all too literal. Hank’s boys die, in fact, of air pollution, from the environmental impact of the rotting corpses their killing machines have produced. Readers in 1889 could not know how prescient this ending was, how closely the landscape created by Hank’s weaponry resembles the waste land that modern warfare would make of much of Europe in the twentieth century.

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