The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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||The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, is a famous novel about a young boy growing up in the antebellum South. Published 1876, Mark Twain's popular tale of the scrapes and adventures of boyhood is set in St. Petersburg, Missouri, and tells of the childhood adventures of Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn: racing bugs, impressing girls - particularly Becky Thatcher - with fights and stunts in the schoolyard, getting lost in a cave, and playing pirates on the Mississippi River. The best-known passage in the book describes how Sawyer persuades his friends to white-wash, or paint, a long fence for him.
In dictations for his autobiography, Twain claimed Tom Sawyer "must have been" the first book whose manuscript was typed on a typewriter. However, typewriter historian Darryl Rehr has concluded that Twain's first typed manuscript was Life on the Mississippi.
Literary significance & criticism
Sales of Tom Sawyer were lukewarm at best. It initially sold less than a third as many copies as Twain's Innocents Abroad, which sold about 70,000 copies during that time period. By the time of Twain's death, however, Tom Sawyer was both an American classic and a bestseller.
Tom Sawyer also appears in three other Mark Twain books:
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
- Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894)
- Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896)
Of these, Huckleberry Finn, in which Tom Sawyer is only a minor character, is considered to have, by far, the most literary merit.
Wikisource has original text related to this article:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Becky in Injun Joe's cave.
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|Works of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
|Fiction: Advice for Little Girls • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County • General Washington's Negro Body-Servant • My Late Senatorial Secretaryship • Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance • The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer • 1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors • The Prince and the Pauper • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court • The American Claimant • Tom Sawyer Abroad • Pudd'nhead Wilson • Tom Sawyer, Detective • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc • The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg • A Double Barrelled Detective Story • Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany • A Dog's Tale • King Leopold's Soliloquy • The War Prayer • The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories • A Horse's Tale • Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven • Letters from the Earth • The Mysterious Stranger • No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Non Fiction: The Innocents Abroad • Memoranda (monthly column) • Roughing It • Old Times on the Mississippi • A Tramp Abroad • Life on the Mississippi • How to Tell a Story and other Essays • Following the Equator • What Is Man? • Christian Science • Is Shakespeare Dead? • Queen Victoria's Jubilee • Mark Twain's Autobiography • Mark Twain's Notebook • Mark Twain's Weapons of Satire: Anti-Imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War • The Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings on Heaven, Eden, and the Flood
Short Story Books: Sketches New and Old • A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime • Punch, Brothers, Punch! and other Sketches • Merry Tales • The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories