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Twain, Mark: Tom Sawyer Abroad (Illustrated). v1. 09 Oct 2012
TOM SAWYER ABROAD
by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835 – 1910)
with 26 Illustrations by Dan Beard (1850 – 1941)
First published 1894
The text of this book, published before 1923, is in the public domain world-wide because the author died more than 100 years ago. The illustrations are in the public domain in countries where copyright is Life+70 or less, and in the USA.
Mark Twain is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Among dozens of titles, some of his works include The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and many more.
This sequel in the adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer is one of Twain’s lesser-known minor works, “Written by Huck Finn, Edited by Mark Twain.” In this parody of Jules Verne adventure stories, Tom, Huck, and Jim accidentally set sail in a futuristic hot air balloon. They end up in the Sahara Desert, where they survive encounters with lions, robbers, sandstorms, and fleas, and see some of the world's greatest wonders, including the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Between adventures, they engage in “debates,” carried out in thoroughly humorous Missouri vernacular (and Twain slips in some sly satirical digs at society and mankind in general).
Short and slight, but amusing (if not nutritious). Fans of Tom and Huck will enjoy this.
This version is based on a transcription of the British first edition from wikisource.org; that edition is the only public domain version which is faithful to the author’s manuscript [see wikisource for details]. Formatted punctuation, restored italics. All illustrations are centered. Cross-linked inline ToC. Embedded font for titling and initial caps. Small drop-caps and Large initial-caps versions.
Bon voyage, enjoy the read!
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