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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (1972)
    by Mark Twain, Justin Kaplan (Editor)

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

    Trade paperback, Penguin Books
    1972
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    ISBN: 0140430644
    ISBN-13: 9780140430646

    When Connecticut mechanic and foreman Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious, he wakes not to the familiar scenes of nineteenth-century America but to the bewildering sights and sounds of sixth-century Camelot. Although confused at first and quickly imprisoned, he soon realises that his knowledge of the future can transform his fate. Correctly predicting a solar eclipse from inside his prison cell, Morgan terrifies the people of England into releasing him and swiftly establishes himself as the most powerful magician in the land ... Show more

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Reviews of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Ron Townsend

Twain's version of Camelot

by Ron Townsend on Oct 19, 2012

I don't know what was published first this book or Innocents Abroad but one or the other of them may have influenced the other one.I have read over 100 versions of the King Arthur tale and this tongue in cheek look at King Arthur is wonderful. Henry died in 1858 because the date of Hank Morgan's burning at the stake is the same as the date of Henry's death. In any regard, considering his loss, Twain had a vision of how technology might have influenced the middle ages. Bing Crosby who played the part in the musical movie of Hank Morgan convinces the King to go out among his people as a beggar to see how his kingdom is faring. I am not sure this was in the book but it; would certainly have been one of Twain's concerns about society and superstitution.

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SLGF

Modern Inventions for King Arthur

by SLGF on Aug 13, 2007

Mark Twain has imagined how wonderful / terrible it would be to introduce all the brand new inventions (of the late 19th century) to the dark ages in England. His hero remains an optimistic Yankee to the end. His observations on human nature seem very relavent today.

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