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By Mark Twain

Hank Morgan unearths himself transported to darkish a while England—where he's instantly captured and sentenced to demise at Camelot. thankfully, he’s quick-witted, and within the technique of saving his lifestyles he turns himself right into a superstar of the top magnitude—winning himself the location of best minister in addition to the lasting enmity of Merlin.

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One Boston reviewer even noted that as examples of “the advance in popular bookmaking,” the novel’s illustrations offered yet more proof of American progress. The only negative American review agreed that the novel’s aim was “the glorification of American democracy,” but protested that it failed “through [its] extreme partiality” to Hank’s smugly modern and nationalistic perspective. Whether or not they shared that perspective, the reviewers were sure Twain did. No contemporaries were tempted to read the novel’s first-person narrative as ironic or unreliable.

The story Twain is telling, however, only begins here, the point at which the fairy tale would end, because in America’s new world, social success and even identity are determined by status, not rank—just as Hank is dubbed Sir Boss by the public, not the king. Because the identity of Sir Boss is enacted rather than fixed, Hank lives anxiously ever after. He must keep putting on new shows—or, as he puts it, performing more miracles—to retain his popularity and sustain the image of the somebody he has become.

CHAPTER XXIII. - Restoration of the Fountain. CHAPTER XXIV. - A Rival Magician. CHAPTER XXV. - A Competitive Examination. CHAPTER XXVI. - The First Newspaper. CHAPTER XXVII. - The Yankee and the King Travel Incognito. CHAPTER XXVIII. - Drilling the King. CHAPTER XXIX. - The Small-Pox Hut. CHAPTER XXX. - The Tragedy of the Manor-House. CHAPTER XXXI. - Marco. CHAPTER XXXII. - Dowley’s Humiliation. CHAPTER XXXIII. - Sixth Century Political Economy. CHAPTER XXXIV. - The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves.

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