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Imagine you're a nine-year-old boy, grungy rags for clothes, belly empty, a sadistic father who beats you, if you don't beg for money (and get it) . Afraid of life, an endless, joyless, struggle, to survive. The only relief from the grim reality, is sleep, for a few hours, on the dirty floor, in something not quite a shelter. Maybe dream of a better existence, then a few hours after, a fantasy, everything you desire, is no problem to obtain. And the child , is now the King of England ! That's the plot , of Mark Twain's novel. Tom Canty, the unhappy boy, is wandering around London, during the last days, of the fierce, Henry the Eighth. Tom does not desire to go home, no money to give his father, and a sure, vicious beating, as a consequence. He always wanted to see a royal. But could never, in the slums of London, wonder why ? Arriving at Westminister Palace, after a long walk, Tom spots the Prince, playing outside. Trying to get a closer view, but a mob, surrounds the gates. A guard roughs up the boy, when he at last approaches the palace. The kindhearted Edward, sees the incident and tells his guards, to let the pauper in. The poor Tom, is going to talk to the future king ... The prince is lonely, too much study, not enough fun, Edward takes him, Tom, to his room. They exchange clothes, look in the mirror, and are stunned. The two, could be twins, so close, is the resemblance, nobody would be able to pick, who is the great Prince, and who is the little Pauper ! With all the unlimited luxuries everywhere, in the residence, jewels, fabulous clothes, furniture, delicious food, toys and books ... Yes, life can be beautiful, for some, thinks the visitor. Later the Prince seeks to punish the guard, who had mistreated his new friend. Goes out the gates and ... Big mistake, he still has foul threads on. The palace guards believe he's the poor boy, and drive him away, protesting, Edward says he's the prince, and receives big laughs, from the rabble. Obviously the kid is mad. The two worlds of the city, both real, same people but how different, separated by a chasm, that can not be traversed by either. But the two children see for the first time, in their young lives this. It changes them, they will never be quite the same again. With the help of Miles Hendon, the prince's new friend, son of a rich man, who's been fighting wars on the continent, for ten years, the royal lives. A surprise awaits Miles, at home, however ... The mad boy survives many brutal adventures, on the road, staying away from his "father," John. Equally difficult the troubles of the other insane child. The phony prince, Tom , has delusions that he's not the son of the king. And Henry dying, what a mess ... But Tom starts to like being King, servants obey, all his wishes come to pass, everyone bows before him, forgetting about his mother and sisters. Not caring that the real Edward the Sixth, is lost and in danger. It's good to be King !
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Read information about the authorSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.
He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.
Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".
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