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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $13.50
  • December 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92603-3
  • 400 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Norton Critical Editions


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Mark Twain (Author), Beverly Lyon Clark (Editor, Wheaton College)


As featured on PBS’s The Great American Read

The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based, with typesetting errors corrected, on the first U.S. edition (1876), the most authoritative of the editions published in Twain’s lifetime.

“Backgrounds and Contexts” provides students with the standard source materials often cited by critics—Twain’s stories of Good and Bad Boys, his Boy’s Manuscript, his correspondence with William Dean Howells, and his 1870 letter to Will Bowen. This section also includes lesser-known but valuable contextual materials, among them Twain’s journalistic description of school exercise and the discussion of Perry Davis’ Pain Killer and other nineteenth-century nostrums.

“Criticism” includes interpretations by William Dean Howells, Hamlin L. Hill, Judith Fetterley, Alan Gribben, Glenn Hendler, Carter Revard, and Susan R. Gannon.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.



    List of Illustrations

    The Text of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    1. A Note on the Text
    2. Textual Variants

    Backgrounds and Contexts


    1. Mark Twain – [Autobiography]
    2. Mark Twain – Letter to Will Bowen, February 6, 1870
    3. The Cave at Hannibal


    1. Mark Twain – Miss Clapp’s School
    2. Eli M. Rapp – The Old-Time School-Discipline


    1. John Draper – Dissection of the Dead
    2. [The Case Against Dissection]
    3. [The Page That Becky Tore?]
    4. K. Patrick Ober – Fire in a Liquid Form


    1. E. Anthony Rotundo – Boy Culture
    2. Robert Jackson – [Mark Twain’s Missouri]


    1. Mark Twain – The Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn’t Come to Grief
    2. Mark Twain – The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper
    3. Stephen Percy [Joseph Cundall] – From Robin Hood and His Merry Forsesters


    1. Mark Twain – Boy’s Manuscript
    2. Mark Twain and William Dean Howells – Correspondence on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    3. Bernard DeVoto – [Revisions Inspired by Howells]


    1. [William Dean Howells] – Review
    2. Hamlin L. Hill – The Composition and the Structure of Tom Sawyer
    3. Judith Fetterley – The Sanctioned Rebel
    4. Alan Gribben – Boy Books, Bad Boy Books, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    5. Glenn Hendler – Masculinity and the Logic of Sympathy in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    6. Carter Revard – Why Mark Twain Murdered Injun Joe—and Will Never Be Indicted
    7. Susan R. Gannon – “200 rattling pictures”: True Williams and the Imagetext of the First American Edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography