The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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By Mark Twain

In his introduction, E.L. Doctorow rightly points out that “ever since its publication in 1876, children have been able to readThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer with a sense of recognition for the feelings of childhood truly rendered: how Tom finds solace for his unjust treatment at the hands of Aunt Polly by dreaming of running away; or how he loves Becky Thatcher, the sort of simpering little blond girl all boys love, and how he does the absolutely right thing in lying and taking her punishment in school to protect her; or how he and his friends pretend to be pirates or the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, accurately interrupting their scenarios with arguments about who plays what part and what everyone must say and how they must fight and when they must die.” Tom Sawyer is surely among America’s undisputed contributions to the world’s cast of unforgettable characters.

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