Literary Classics are indispensable masterpieces, which help us understand our world irrespective of changing times. Timelessness of such works make them even more relevant for younger minds that are in their formative years. But the children, when they are just brushing their linguistic teeth might find Elizabethan English a little harder to chew and might choose to stay away.
Wisemen Publication’s – Wisemen World Classics is an attempt to befriend your growing child with Great Masters of world literature, retelling their content in contemporary prose with vivid illustrations, while retaining the music of the original work.
About The Adventures of Tow Sawyer.
Tom Sawyer is an imaginative and mischievous boy who lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid in the Missisippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. He does small mischievous acts for the fun and adventure which sometimes land him up on soups.
He manages to come out by sheer chance or adding another mischief to it. And once he is out of it, he plans another. Once, he is punished to paint fence when his playing truant from school comes to light.
He ventures into a graveyard in the mid of night to try of a cure for warts, bumps into criminal Injun Joe and witnesses a murder. Then with his friends he runs away to an island to become a pirate but returns to surprise everyone. As if this was not enough, he sets out for treasure hunt to a haunted house, again bumping into Injun Joe. His friend Huck begins to Shadow Injun Joe and fouls his conspiracy to attack a woman.
In final chapters, he again meets Injun Joe when lost in cave during family picnic but eventually finds his way out and his friend Becky’s father seals up the main entrance with an iron door, upon which Injun Joe dies inside starving. Read this book to find out what happens to Tom..
About – Mark Twain (1835- 1910)
Mark Twain is a pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the renowned story teller and an all time literary icon of America. As an author and humorist, he is also one of the most quoted literary personalities. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the novel which has since been called the Great American Novel, along with Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain, enjoyed immense popularity due to his incisive satire and wit and earned praise from his critics as well.
During his lifetime, had become a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Born to a Tennessee country merchant, John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens in Florida, Missouri on Nov 30, 1835, Twain was the sixth of their seven Children. He became a printer’s apprentice at the age of 11, worked as a typesetter and educated himself in the public libraries during evenings.
When 22, Twain returned to Missouri to learn and became a steamboat pilot, a good playing occupation of $250 (Today’s $13000) per month. He served as steamboat pilot till American civil war 1861. Married to his friend’s sister Olivia, with whom he had fallen in love a first sight, he had three daughters and their marriage lasted till Olivia’s death in 1904. Twain lived in Buffalo, New York but later moved to Hartford, Connecticut. He was published worldwide and made a lot of money in his writing, but he was also fascinated by science and invested a lot of money in new inventions, most of which went as bad investment.
Though Twain started by writing light, humorous prose but soon evolved into a sharp critic of vanities and hypocrisies. Later, he combined rich humour and sturdy narrative with social criticism and popularized a distinctive American literature built on American themes and language. He also had strong political views and spent the last twenty years of his life as an “outspoken anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist.
Twain died of a heart attack on Apr 21, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut.