A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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University of California Press, 14.02.2011 - 504 Seiten
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A Connecticut Yankee is Mark Twain’s most ambitious work, a tour de force with a science-fiction plot told in the racy slang of a Hartford workingman, sparkling with literary hijinks as well as social and political satire. Mark Twain characterized his novel as "one vast sardonic laugh at the trivialities, the servilities of our poor human race." The Yankee, suddenly transported from his native nineteenth-century America to the sleepy sixth-century Britain of King Arthur and the Round Table, vows brashly to "boss the whole country inside of three weeks." And so he does. Emerging as "The Boss," he embarks on an ambitious plan to modernize Camelot—with unexpected results.
 

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Inhalt

1 Camelot
10
2 King Arthurs Court
14
3 Knights of the Table Round
22
4 Sir Dinadan the Humorist
30
5 An Ispriration
36
6 The Eclipse
44
7 Merlins Tower
52
8 The Boss
62
25 A Competitive Examination
238
26 The First Newspaper
252
27 The Yankee and the King Travel Incognito
264
28 Drilling the King
274
29 The SmallPox Hut
282
30 The Tragedy of the Manor House
290
31 Marco
302
32 Dowleys Humilation
312

9 The Tournament
72
10 Beginnings of Civilization
80
11 The Yankee in Search of Adventures
87
12 Slow Torture
98
13 Freemen
106
14 Defend Thee Lord
118
15 Sandys Tale
126
16 Morgan le Fay
138
17 A Royal Banquet
148
18 In the Queens Dungeons
160
19 KnightErrantry as a Trade
174
20 The Ogres Castle
180
21 The Pilgrims
190
22 The Holy Fountain
204
23 Restoration of the Fountain
216
24 A Rival Magician
226
33 SixthCentury Political Economy
322
34 The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves
336
35 A Pitiful Incident
350
36 An Encounter in the Dark
360
37 An Awful Predicament
366
38 Sir Launcelot and Knights to the Rescue
376
39 The Yankees Fight with the Knights
382
40 Three Years Later
396
41 The Interdict
406
42 War
412
43 The Battle of the SandBelt
426
44 A Postscript by Clarence
442
References
451
Explanatory Notes
455
Note on the Text
477
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Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled throughout the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, Gilded Age in 1873, which was co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

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