The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

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A poor young boy from the slums of London watches a royal procession pass, with the youthful Prince of Wales riding at its head. He ventures too close and is caught and beaten by the Prince's guards. However, the young royal stops them and invites the vagrant to the palace. Here the two boys sup alone and are stunned to discover that they bear a startling resemblance to each other. The Prince is Edward, long awaited heir of the monarch, Henry VIII, while the vagrant is Tom Canty, the son of a thief and a beggar. Edward is fascinated by the free and unfettered life that Tom leads, while Tom is overawed by the wealth and luxury of the palace. The boys decide to switch clothes. From here, adventure begins for both of them! First published in 1881, The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain is the famous American writer and humorist's first foray into historical fiction. Set in the sixteenth century Tudor court of Henry VIII, the book is reputedly Mark Twain's most carefully plotted novel. Great attention has been paid to setting, dialog and character. Early plot devices are carefully constructed to become invaluable features that carry the story along. Several real historical figures appear in the book. It is also a novel of contrasts. The two boys, born on exactly the same day, have completely different destinies. Before they meet, they each have dreams that are very different from their circumstances. Edward longs to be free to roam the streets at will, unhampered by court protocol and conventions. Tom yearns for security, comfort and the certainty of knowing where his next meal will come from. Twain also explores ideas of conventional wisdom that deem “Clothes Maketh a Man” which implies that appearances are everything. Being a voracious reader of history himself, Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens to give his real name) was able to use some of the material he had absorbed in The Prince and The Pauper. He faithfully renders Tudor English that he also displays in the other books Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The thrilling climax of the novel, which takes place just days before Henry VIII's death, and the coronation of the new king, is one that brings all the threads of this exciting tale together. The Prince and The Pauper has been widely adapted on screen, stage and television. Comics, animated versions, a Mickey Mouse version and many more have continued to explore this very interesting theme of switched identities. Disney films like Parent Trap, a Barbie version, a film version in Hindi, and several musical adaptations have kept this timeless classic alive.
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A poor young boy from the slums of London watches a royal procession pass, with the youthful Prince of Wales riding at its head. He ventures too close and is caught and beaten by the Prince's guards. However, the young royal stops them and invites the vagrant to the palace. Here the two boys sup alone and are stunned to discover that they bear a startling resemblance to each other. The Prince is Edward, long awaited heir of the monarch, Henry VIII, while the vagrant is Tom Canty, the son of a thief and a beggar. Edward is fascinated by the free and unfettered life that Tom leads, while Tom is overawed by the wealth and luxury of the palace. The boys decide to switch clothes. From here, adventure begins for both of them! First published in 1881, The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain is the famous American writer and humorist's first foray into historical fiction. Set in the sixteenth century Tudor court of Henry VIII, the book is reputedly Mark Twain's most carefully plotted novel. Great attention has been paid to setting, dialog and character. Early plot devices are carefully constructed to become invaluable features that carry the story along. Several real historical figures appear in the book. It is also a novel of contrasts. The two boys, born on exactly the same day, have completely different destinies. Before they meet, they each have dreams that are very different from their circumstances. Edward longs to be free to roam the streets at will, unhampered by court protocol and conventions. Tom yearns for security, comfort and the certainty of knowing where his next meal will come from. Twain also explores ideas of conventional wisdom that deem “Clothes Maketh a Man” which implies that appearances are everything. Being a voracious reader of history himself, Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens to give his real name) was able to use some of the material he had absorbed in The Prince and The Pauper. He faithfully renders Tudor English that he also displays in the other books Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The thrilling climax of the novel, which takes place just days before Henry VIII's death, and the coronation of the new king, is one that brings all the threads of this exciting tale together. The Prince and The Pauper has been widely adapted on screen, stage and television. Comics, animated versions, a Mickey Mouse version and many more have continued to explore this very interesting theme of switched identities. Disney films like Parent Trap, a Barbie version, a film version in Hindi, and several musical adaptations have kept this timeless classic alive.
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01 – The birth of the Pri...

02 Jan 2021 | 27 mins 35 secs

01 – The birth of th...

02 Jan 2021 | 27 mins 35 secs

04 – The Prince / 05 – To...

01 Jan 2021 | 23 mins 57 secs

04 – The Prince / 05...

01 Jan 2021 | 23 mins 57 secs

06 – Tom receives instruc...

31 Dec 2020 | 15 mins 43 secs

06 – Tom receives in...

31 Dec 2020 | 15 mins 43 secs

07 – Tom’s first royal di...

30 Dec 2020 | 13 mins 39 secs

07 – Tom’s first roy...

30 Dec 2020 | 13 mins 39 secs

09 – The river pageant / ...

29 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 46 secs

09 – The river pagea...

29 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 46 secs

11 – At Guildhall

28 Dec 2020 | 10 mins 49 secs

11 – At Guildhall

28 Dec 2020 | 10 mins 49 secs

12 – The Prince and his d...

27 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 28 secs

12 – The Prince and ...

27 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 28 secs

13 – The disappearance of...

26 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 39 secs

13 – The disappearan...

26 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 39 secs

14 – ‘Le Roi est mort—viv...

25 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 44 secs

14 – ‘Le Roi est mor...

25 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 44 secs

15 – Tom as King

24 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 40 secs

15 – Tom as King

24 Dec 2020 | 22 mins 40 secs

16 – The state dinner / 1...

23 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 24 secs

16 – The state dinne...

23 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 24 secs

18 – The Prince with the ...

22 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 13 secs

18 – The Prince with...

22 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 13 secs

20 – The Prince and the h...

21 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 50 secs

20 – The Prince and ...

21 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 50 secs

22 – A victim of treacher...

20 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 08 secs

22 – A victim of tre...

20 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 08 secs

24 – The escape / 25 – He...

19 Dec 2020 | 19 mins 47 secs

24 – The escape / 25...

19 Dec 2020 | 19 mins 47 secs