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Prince and the Pauper, The.

Prince and the Pauper, The Novel by Twain, Mark, published in 1881. In it Twain satirizes social conventions, concluding that appearances often hide a person's true value. Despite its saccharine plot, the novel succeeds as a critique of legal and moral injustices.

On a lark two identical-looking boys, Prince Edward Tudor of Wales and street urchin Tom Canty, exchange clothes. In the ensuing mix-up, each is mistaken for the other and both are believed to be mad. Edward learns about the problems of commoners, while Tom learns to play the role of a prince and then a king.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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