Title A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Norton Critical Editions)
Author Mark Twain, Henry B. Wonham
ISBN 9780393284171
List price USD 15.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 584
Book size 127 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
About the book


“An exciting new edition of a Twain text that raises important questions about modernity, technology, and progress. I especially welcome the inclusion of all of Dan Beard’s original illustrations.”

Beverly Lyon Clark, Wheaton College



“Artfully designed to make Mark Twain’s ‘most conceptually ambitious and most wildly problematic novel’ accessible to today’s reader.”

Thomas Cooley, The Ohio State University


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The first American edition (1889) of the novel, approved by Twain and published by his own company.
  • All 220 original illustrations, bringing to life Twain’s admiration for King Arthur, Merlin, and Camelot as well as his deep interest in time travel, technology, and political satire.
  • Five contemporary critical assessments from American and
  • British sources along with seven recent essays on the novel’s major themes.
  • A Compositional Chronology and Selected Bibliography.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


Preface and Acknowledgments

The Text of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

W. E. H. Lecky • [The Natural History of Morals]
• [The Saints of the Desert]
Related Documents
The “Tournament” in A.D. 1870
[The Herald’s Report of Twain’s Speech at Governor’s Island]
The New Dynasty
Enchantments and Enchanters
Notebook and Journal Entries
A Connecticut Yankee in Letters
To Mary Mason Fairbanks, November 16, 1886
To Charles L. Webster, August 3, 1887
To Theodore Crane, October 5, 1888
From Edmund Clarence Stedman, July 7, 1889
To William Dean Howells, August 5, 1889
To William Dean Howells, August 24, 1889
To William Dean Howells, September 22, 1889
To William Dean Howells, November 22, 1889
To William Dean Howells, December 23, 1889
To Sylvester Baxter, November 20, 1889
Dan Beard’s Illustrations
Daniel Carter Beard • [Making the Illustrations for A Connecticut Yankee]
Daniel Carter Beard • [The Character of the Yankee]
Mark Twain • To Dan Beard, August 28, 1989
Mark Twain • To a Reader, December 20, 1889
Beverly David and Ray Sapirstein • Reading the Illustrations in A Connecticut Yankee

Sylvester Baxter • [Nothing More Delicious]
William Dean Howells • [His Wonder-Story]
The London Daily Telegraph • [King Arthur or Jay Gould?]
William T. Stead • Mark Twain’s New Book: A Satirical Attack on English Institutions
The Boston Literary World • [This Melancholy Product of the American Mind]
Howard G. Baetzhold • “Well, My Book Is Written—Let It Go. . . .”: The Making of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
James D. Williams • The Use of History in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee
Henry Nash Smith • The Ideas in a Dream
Everett Carter • The Meaning of A Connecticut Yankee
Bruce Michelson • The Quarrel with Romance
Tison Pugh • Hank Morgan’s and Mark Twain’s Queer Anxieties
Hsuan Hsu • A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of Wu Chih Tien

Compositional Chronology
Selected Bibliography

About the Author:

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called “the Great American Novel”, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876, among many others.

About the Editor:

Henry B. Wonham is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Mark Twain and the Art of the Tale and Charles W. Chesnutt, A Study of the Short Fiction and editor of Criticism and the Color Line.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.


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