The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
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...fortunate readers of "The Prince and the Pauper" may witness a miracle and see how the very book they hold in their hands is transformed into a mirror in which they, themselves, are reflected.
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"The Prince and the Pauper" is the story of how when young Prince Edward Tudor of Wales and Pauper Tom Canty switch clothes that they are mistaken for each other and end up switching places. Prince Edward learns of the struggles of the commoners of England while Tom discovers what it is like to be a Prince and then a King. "The Prince and the Pauper" is both a delightfully comedic tale and a biting social commentary on the inequities among different social classes.
 

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Samuel Langhorne Clemans, known to most as Mark Twain, has been hailed by many as the father of American Literature. His two most famous works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), are considered two of the greatest American novels of all time. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri on 30th November 1835. He grew up in the town of Hannibal on the Mississippi River, which would eventually serve as the basis for the place where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would live. Twain grew up in Missouri at a time when it was a slave state. After the American Civil War broke out, he became a strong supporter of emancipation, and staunchly believed that the slave trade should be abolished. Though he began as a comic writer, the tribulations he faced in his personal life perhaps served to turn him into a serious, even pessimistic, writer in his later years. He lost his wife and two daughters, and his ill-fated life never really allowed him to recover. Twain passed away in 1910, but he is still one of the best-loved writers around the world.
 
Published December 1, 1997 by Penguin Classics. 222 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History, Travel, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels, Professional & Technical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences, Romance. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Natalie Gorna on Aug 12 2011

In other words, the "Golden Rule" stands firmly by Twain's charming, stirring tale, which in turn is supported by a richly designed and detailed historical background filled with interesting characters.

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Reviewed by JERRY GRISWOLD on Nov 30 2008

...fortunate readers of "The Prince and the Pauper" may witness a miracle and see how the very book they hold in their hands is transformed into a mirror in which they, themselves, are reflected.

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