A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Book - 1988
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A blow on the head transports a Yankee to 528 A.D. where he proceeds to modernize King Arthur's kingdom by organizing a school system, constructing telephone lines, and inventing the printing press.
Publisher: New York : Books of Wonder : Morrow, [1988]
Copyright Date: ©1988
ISBN: 9780688063467
0688063462
Branch Call Number: FICTION TWAIN
Characteristics: ix, 374 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hyman, Trina Schart - Illustrator

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Dec 30, 2009

Sometimes all it takes to travel through time is a good old-fashioned bump on the head. Industrial Revolution-era factory worker Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious and wakes up in the year 528. He is less than impressed. Even though he?s surrounded by the stuff of legends?literally, because he?s landed smack dab in the middle of Camelot, complete with King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Queen Guinevere, and Merlin the Wizard?Morgan sets out to reform the Age of Chivalry. As a time-traveler from a more advanced era, Morgan feels an obligation to bring technology and industry to these backward nobodies. He takes advantage of an upcoming historical eclipse and is soon the leading power at court. Styling himself as ?The Boss? and mocking everyone who doesn?t agree with him, Hank Morgan belittles everything about the feudal system, the nobility, and the rules of court. Author Mark Twain uses Morgan?s overbearing, heavy-handed, small-minded approach to ?progress? to criticize progress itself?business, religion, technology, industry, and war. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur?s Court is not just a simple adventure story. It?s Mark Twain at his most cynical, satirical, witty, and wise.

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