"The Yankee is a jewel. Nobody will ever be able to read, much less teach, it without this book." American Literature
A Connecticut Yankee is Mark Twain's most ambitious work: a tour de force with a science-fiction plot fold in the racy slang of a Hartford workingman, and sparkling with literary hijinks as well as social and political satire. The Yankee, suddenly transported from his native nineteenth-century America to the sleepy sixth-century Britain of King Arthur and his Round Table, vows brashly to "boss the whole country inside of three weeks." And so he does. This Mark Twain Library edition reprints the text based on the authors's manuscript, all 221 of Beard's illustrations, and the notes from the UC Press scholarly edition. Edited by Bernard L. Stein. Original Illustrations by Daniel Carter Beard.
Supported by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency, by private funding, and by contributions to the Mark Twain Project.
In Twain's 1889 satire/fantasy, Hank Morgan, a Hartford factory worker, after a blow to the head, finds himself transported to sixth-century England, where his knowledge of the scientific advances of the 19th century convince Arthur and his knights that he has magical powers. His attempts to introduce advanced technology lead to disaster. Twain's book infuriated his British readers because of the anti-monarchy opinions of its hero; it was true that Twain did have a somewhat vengeful motive for the novel after an article was published by the eminent English poet and critic Matthew Arnold that savaged the memoirs of President Grant, which Twain had published. The novel was also suggested, Twain said, by a dream he had "of being a knight errant in armor in the middle ages."
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Classics, Romance, General, Conflicts + Dualities, Legends + Myths + Fables / Arthurian, War + Military, Humorous Fiction, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Royalty, Religion + Beliefs, People + Places / Europe, Politics, Science Fiction + Fantasy
- February 14, 2011
- February 14, 2011
- Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain
- Daniel Carter Beard