By Mark Twain

ISBN-10: 0486115151

ISBN-13: 9780486115153

During this vintage satiric novel, released in 1889, Hank Morgan, a manager in a Connecticut gun manufacturing facility, falls subconscious after being whacked at the head. whilst he wakes up he unearths himself in Britain in 528 — the place he's instantly captured, hauled again to Camelot to be exhibited ahead of the knights of King Arthur's around desk, and sentenced to loss of life. issues aren't taking a look strong.

But Hank is a quick-witted and enterprising fellow, and within the means of saving his existence he turns himself right into a megastar of the top importance. His Yankee ingenuity and data of the area past the darkish a long time are considered as the main robust sorcery — profitable him a place of major minister in addition to the everlasting enmity of a jealous Merlin. so that it will carry democratic ideas and mechanical wisdom to the dominion, Hank introduces newspapers, phones, bicycles, and different smooth conveniences to the england of the darkish a while. but if he attempts to enhance the lot of the typical humans, chaos and battle outcome, giving a bittersweet tone to this comedian masterpiece by means of certainly one of America's maximum storytellers.

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His tower, for instance, was a last, desperate effort to rise above whatever had fatally stalled his writing. Nothing happened. Hawthorne could not work. The room was too hot in summer, too cold in the winter. 53 The man who wrote compellingly of a sense of place could find none for himself. Sitting in his study, curtains drawn, he sketched the abortive romance he was never to finish. "54 Furtive, out of place, afraid he was a fraud, Hawthorne anguished in the intellectual company to which he aspired.

When the well-loved hostess Annie Fields (wife of Hawthorne's publisher) one day lifted her hand to brush the dust from Hawthorne's greatcoat, he flinched as though struck. He said he did not like his coat brushed, lest the material too quickly wear out. Hawthorne's friends, already confused or disappointed by his indifference to their cause, his position on abolition, and his putative sympathy for the South, could not understand why he would dedicate his collected reminiscences of England, Our Old Home, to Franklin Pierce.

56 Hawthorne complained more than ever of his health. When he showed Fields a chapter from his new romance (later called "The Dolliver Romance"), Fields as ever encouraged his friend, sending Hawthorne a selection of possible titles, such as "The Deathless Man," ironically to spur the increasingly frail author onward. But, by the spring of 1864, Hawthorne could not write and scarcely was able to read; he had no appetite, slept little, and his hand shook when he wrote. Finally, when his symptoms seemed mildly better, he took a trip for his health with William Ticknor who, as misfortune would have it, died while the two were in Philadelphia.

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