The title story of this collection of short stories features the tale of the 'most honest and upright' town of Hadleyburg, whose residents boast of their unsmirched moral character. A stranger, offended by the pious reputation of the town, devises a plan to bring its honored residents to shame. Is there even one righteous man in Hadleyburg?
Originally published in 1881, Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper is a timeless tale of switched identities. After the young Prince Edward VI of England and a peasant boy switch places, the 'little king' tries to escape from a world in which he must beg for food, sleep with rodents, face ridicule, and avoid assassination. Meanwhile, the peasant, who is now the prince, dreads exposure and possible execution-while members of the Court believe he has gone mad. As a result of the swap, both boys learn that social class, like so much of life, is determined by chance and random circumstance. Originally published in 1881, The Prince and the Pauper is one of Mark Twain's earliest social satires. With his caustic wit and biting irony, Twain satirizes the power of the monarchy, unjust laws and barbaric punishments, superstitions, and religious intolerance. Although usually viewed as a child's story, The Prince and the Pauper offers adults critical insight into a people and time period not really all that different from our own.
Are you keen to perfect your writing? This audiobook will teach you how to be a stylish, insightful and convincing writer. This compilation includes Twain's On the Decay of the Art of Lying, Strunk's The Elements of Style, and Bennett's The Author's Craft - all in one.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr first clarifies the writer's understanding of how to - correctly. In it, Strunk has laid a detailed, essential map, one he believed pays off, for in unlocking the secrets of style, one opens the terrain for mastery of literature.Now over a century since its first publication, the book is anything but outdated, as it is still widely used today – just testament to Strunk’s timeless knowledge and mastery with the pen.'The skilled observer ... does not have to change his mind.' – Arnold Bennett.The Author's Craft is Arnold Bennett’s four-part writing tutorial. As an esteemed journalist, novelist and playwright, he believed truly 'Seeing Life' primed the pen, out of which 'Writing Novels', 'Writing Plays' and 'The Artist and The Public' emerge. In the exposition, he expands on how to see the world, and how to not overlook the details most miss… These skills and techniques give rise to the craft he feels the author is really trying to achieve: art.Mark Twain’s “On the Decay of the Art of Lying” was his wryly told essay on why he felt the world needs educated lying, published in 1880 for a meeting of the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford, Connecticut. The way he saw it, everyone lies at some point in their lives. Twain decided that lying could be a valuable skillset in various different arenas - provided you knew how to do it well, and didn’t try to hurt anybody. As he put it, 'What chance has the ignorant uncultivated liar against the educated expert? What chance have I against Mr. Per—against a lawyer? Judicious lying is what the world needs.'
Wer jung ist, sucht das Abenteuer - den Glanz ferner Länder, die Träume der Fantasie. Seit vielen Jahren erfüllen Jugendromane diese Sehnsüchte. Ihre Heldinnen und Helden sind längst zum globalen Kulturschatz geworden. Ungekürzt gelesen sind in dieser riesigen Sammlung von Klassikern: Oliver Twist (Dickens), Alice im Wunderland (Carroll), Huckleberry Finn und Tom Sawyer (Twain), Gullivers Reisen (Swift), In 80 Tagen um die Welt (Verne), Das Dschungelbuch (Kipling), Ruf der Wildnis (London), Der kleine Lord (Burnett), Die Schatzinsel (Stevenson). Ein Hörgenuss für alle Jungen und Junggebliebenen! Mit dabei: Eine Trackliste aller Werke.
Die spannende Geschichte zweier Jungen, einer ein Thronfolger, der andere ein Bettler, die ihre Rollen tauschen und dabei die Welt des anderen kennenlernen. Hörspiel von Peter Folken nach dem historischen Roman von Mark Twain.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Parts 1 & 2): Audio Book Bestseller Classics Collection
Listen to one of the great literary classics! The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a novel by Mark Twain and is considered a masterpiece of American literature. Who doesn’t know Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn? Their adventures were regarded as the established vision of childhood in America. Some of their shenanigans include racing bugs during class, impressing girls, especially Becky Thatcher, fights and different stunts in the schoolyard, and playing pirates on the Mississippi River. A fun fact is that it is one of the first novels to be written on a typewriter and it was initially a commercial failure but ended up becoming Twain’s best selling work. So listen and fall in love with the tales of whimsical adventures and joys of youth. Take action and download your copy today!
The concept of this story was given in a preface by author Mark Twain. He wrote:
The ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical. It is not pretended that these laws and customs existed in England in the sixth century; no, it is only pretended that inasmuch as they existed in the English and other civilizations of far later times, it is safe to consider that it is no libel upon the sixth century to suppose them to have been in practice in that day also. One is quite justified in inferring that whatever one of these laws or customs was lacking in that remote time, its place was competently filled by a worse one.
The question as to whether there is such a thing as divine right of kings is not settled in this book. It was found too difficult. That the executive head of a nation should be a person of lofty character and extraordinary ability was manifest and indisputable; that none but the Deity could select that head unerringly, was also manifest and indisputable; that the Deity ought to make that selection, then, was likewise manifest and indisputable; consequently, that He does make it, as claimed, was an unavoidable deduction.