The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

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Overview

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. It is set in the 1840s in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived as a boy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804900065
Publisher: Airmont Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1962
Series: Airmont Classics Series
Edition description: Complete and Unabridged
Pages: 222
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Mark Twain (1835–1910) was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri. Starting out as typesetter, he went on to work as a steamboat pilot, prospector, and journalist before publishing his first major book, The Innocents Abroad.

R. Kent Rasmussen is the author or editor of nine books on Mark Twain, including the award-winning Mark Twain A to Z, as well as more than a dozen other books. He lives in Southern California.

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Mark Twain: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text and Illustrations

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Appendix A: Composition, Marketing, and Reviews of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  1. Composition
    1. From Twain’s “Boy’s Manuscript” (c. 1870)
    2. From “Unpublished Chapters from the Autobiography of Mark Twain,” Harper’s Monthly Magazine (August 1922)
    3. The Tom Sawyer manuscript
    4. Twain’s Correspondence with William Dean Howells (1875–76)
  2. Marketing: Advertisement of Subscription Books (1876)
  3. Contemporary Reviews
    1. William Dean Howells, Atlantic Monthly (May 1876)
    2. Anonymous, New York World (1 January 1877)
    3. Anonymous, New York Times (13 January 1877)

Appendix B: Twain’s Memories of Hannibal

  1. Letter to Will Bowen (6 February 1870)
  2. Hannibal in 1848
  3. From Twain, Life on the Mississippi (1883)
  4. From Twain, “Chapters from My Autobiography,” North American Review (2 November 1906)
  5. From Twain, “Villagers of 1840–43” (1897)
  6. Slavery in Hannibal
    1. From Twain, “Chapters from My Autobiography,” North American Review (1 March 1907)
    2. Advertisement for Slaves (1848)

Appendix C: Bad Boys and Boy Books

  1. Bad Boys
    1. From B.P. Shillaber, Mrs. Partington’s Knitting Work, and what was done by her plaguy boy Ike (1880)
    2. From Twain, “The Story of the Bad Little Boy” (1865)
  2. Boy Books
    1. From Thomas Bailey Aldrich, The Story of a Bad Boy (1869)
    2. From Charles Dudley Warner, Being a Boy (1877)
    3. From William Dean Howells, A Boy’s Town (1890)

Appendix D: A Small-Town American Childhood in the 1840s

  1. School
    1. From McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book (1846)
    2. From the Friends Infant School (1838)
  2. Sunday School
    1. From “The Sunday-School Child” (1845)
    2. From “The glass of whiskey” (1845)
  3. The Temperance Movement: Announcement in the Hannibal Gazette (17 June 1846)
  4. Games: From The Boy’s Story Book for Winter Evenings (1838)
  5. The Circus: Advertisement in the Hannibal Gazette (October 1847)
  6. The Minstrel Show
    1. Song from “Bone Squash Diavolo” (1835)
    2. Dialogue, “Mosquitoes” (1902)
  7. Reading
    1. Lawrence Lovechild, “The Deceitful Little Boy” (1840)
    2. From Samuel Griswold Goodrich (“Peter Parley”), “Bill Vacant and Henry Hawkseye,” Robert Merry’s Annual, for all seasons (1840)
    3. From Jacob Abbott, Rollo Learning to Read (1855)
    4. From Stephen Percy, Robin Hood and His Merry Foresters (1845)
    5. From Ned Buntline, The Black Avenger, Story of the Spanish Main, The Weekly Novelette (1859)

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"Twain had a greater effect than any other writer on the evolution of American prose."

Reading Group Guide

1. In his preface, Mark Twain remarks that "Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves. . . ." Do you think Twain succeeds in this "plan"? Discuss the ways in which Tom Sawyer can be read by both children and adults-do different aspects of the book appeal to different kinds of readers? Are different episodes designed, as some critics have suggested, to appeal to different audiences?

2. How does Tom Sawyer relate to the world of adult authority and responsibility? Can he be said to "mature" during the course of the novel, as critics have asserted? If so in what ways?

3. Discuss the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, Tom Sawyer's home. How would you describe it? What literary devices or descriptions, to your mind, make Twain's portrayal of rural American life in the years before the Civil War interesting, unique, appealing?

4. Virginia Wexman notes that in Tom Sawyer "we are confronted with two clearly separate worlds. The first world is a light and engaging one . . . where life is played at . . . the world of Tom himself. . . . But there is another world here too, a darker world where actions have real meaning and real moral consequences-the world of people like Injun Joe and Muff Potter." Discuss each of these "two worlds," and the ways in which they are related to each other in the novel.

5. Discuss Tom's relationship with Huckleberry Finn, from their first encounter, through their subsequent adventures. What do you make of this friendship? Why are these characters drawn to each other? Compare this relationship with other relationships in the novel, for instance Tom's relationship to Becky Thatcher.

6. Discuss Twain's use of particular geographical settings as scenes for episodes in the novel: the river, the island, the cave. Why do you think these particular landscapes are chosen? How do they inform the action of the novel?

7. Tom Sawyer is one of the most recognizable and revered characters in American literature; as Lyall Powers writes, "Everybody knows Tom's story whether he has actually read the book or not." What do you think accounts for the enduring popularity of Twain's literary creation?

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated Junior Library) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 206 reviews.
KTCTMTLT More than 1 year ago
I first read this incredible book when I was a little kid before Nooks were even created and I loved it and since The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is clearly a classic I figured it can only be better if I chooose it as an ebook to read to my younger family members so they can see how great this story is too! I started reading a couple of pages and there was some mis-spelled words and so I figured it was only on a few pages but than I kept on reading and it just got worse and worse to the point where I could not not even read it before I just got flat out disgusted with reading a single line because whenever I tried to figure out what the author wrote it made me feel so stupid so I would not recommend reading this particulr ebook be read by anyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy enjoy this book . If you are advanced in reading and 9-10 this will be a good book for you. If you are older and average in reading it may be interesting but it may not. Here is a quik summary, Tom and Huck go on a big adventure and huck is the boy every boy wants to be. Lucky Tom, he goes on an adventure and be a piarate!
sargerx More than 1 year ago
too many errors in the transcription. I gave up and decided to just read the hardback copy.
read-knit More than 1 year ago
The story, of course, is great. But this edition came through with so many "typos" that I just couldn't read it. I got another copy through Gutenberg...
LoudWaves More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Tom Sawyer is a great book, but this scanned edition is so full of OCR errors that it's unreadable. Hard to even tell what Mark Twain is telling. Not only are many letters misread and the wrong ones inserted, the book is also full of misread punctuation that results in slashes and other marks which confuse. I guess since this edition is free that it's got some value, but it's sure no fun at all to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book i got it at the lybary at my school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you should get this book even though it has bad words.
Ynaffit27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get into at first--the vocabulary and language is tough and gets you off track. However, the story-line is great. I love the newer adaptation of this book with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The ending in the book is far better though, and of course the book is more detailed and the movie makes more sense in parts. Overall, I think this is a good book for adults and middle or high school students to read because it's about being young and finding yourself as you grow up.
BNBHarper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A young boy named Tom Sawyer grows up in a small town. He befriends a slave and goes through many adventures with him. Response: A very fun adventurous book to read. The fact that the characters were based off real people makes it even better. Connection: Have this as a read aloud chapter book discussing the plot with the kids as the teacher reads.
hshell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shares a story about a young boy who goes through some exciting adventures alongside his friends. Tom and his friends Finn share some innocent adventures that turn sour when they come upon a murder in a graveyard. The rest of the book follows the young men who are both afraid of the murderer and excited to be having an adventure. They end up being the town heros and find a box of gold which the murderer had been trying to hide. This book is full of excitment and would be great for any kid who craves a little adventure and suspense.
brittanybear79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom Sawyer was a little boy who was very mischievous. He went to live with his aunt. He didnt always follow the rules. He was forced to white wash the fence as punishment for some of the bad things he did. He tricked a lot of people into do stuff for him that he didnt want to do. He an Huck Finn went on a lot of adventures. Once Huck fell through the roof of the church and he faked his death. Then Becki found him and she was so mad when she found of that Huck was faking it the whole time. This book is known by a lot of people but most of them dont read it. They just know the main parts. i encourage people to read this. it is a fun read.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun little book with some moments of wry humor. Interesting to note things that were not known about Africa and the Middle East when this was written. The story itself is not believable, but with this author, I never thought it was supposed to be.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book!
ErikSalvail on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Monica Kulling adapted the classic tales of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain in a new version printed as a Stepping Stone Book(TM). The story is fun and steeped in trouble as Tom and Huck Finn play pirates, hunt treasures, and foil criminals. A great book to increase your child's literacy and read the classic tale.
atreic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mark Twain's prose is lovely, and walks a fine line between describing the rural South in ways which are sentimental or derogatory. But it is at the end of the day a children's book for boys, about Indians and buried treasure and running away and getting lost in caves, which while it is endearing and lovely is not sock-rocking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess its okay ish, but its really boring. Uggghhhh why does school make us read such sucky books uuuuuuggggghhhhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't pay attention to the negative reviews. Just. Read. It. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree to you both, it was filled with action, adventure, and esspessially (I spelled that wrong) excitement
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so boring that if i had a paper back version of it i would through it across the room and stomp on it with a high heel entill it is shredded to bits!!!! The end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but it isnt tom sawyer. Its hucklberry finn. If you dont mind getting a diffrrent book from what it says then thats ok but warning wrong book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To many mispells snd random signs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As sir poopypants i declare this book the most wonderful book in the world@?factories and co. Sorry people who are to read this that was my sister and i will try to keep her off the nook.in the meantime this book is tho most wonderful book in the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago