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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $14.00
  • March 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-28417-1
  • 584 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    Mark Twain (Author), Henry B. Wonham (Editor, University of Oregon)


    “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.



    All 220 of Dan Beard's pen-and-ink drawings for the original 1889 edition are included here, as well as letters and essays about them. 

    Compositional History

    A rich section of Twain's early thoughts on his time-travel concept—from early drafts, letters, and notebook entries—and a Compositional Chronology help frame the writing of this novel. 

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