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MonkeyNotes-The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
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In 1884, Twain established his own publishing company and published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, considered by many to be his best work. Huck Finn begins as a boyish adventure in the vein of Tom Sawyer, but soon develops into a morally- charged coming of age story and critique of slavery and ante- bellum Southern culture. In 1889, he published A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, another historical novel combining Twain's by now well-established formula of humorous satire and sharp-edged social criticism.


Twain's last years were rocky. He was never a good businessman, and in 1894, after his publishing firm failed and a number of financial speculations had lost money, he went bankrupt. He recovered his wealth with a world lecture tour and the publication of several more works, including The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) and Following the Equator (1897). During this period, however, tragedy struck his family. His eldest daughter died of meningitis, his youngest developed epilepsy, and his wife became a semi-invalid. Twain was by this time one of the most respected and acclaimed public figures of the day. He became increasingly bitter and pessimistic toward the end of his life, however, especially after his wife's death in 1904, and spoke out more and more on what he regarded as the evils of the era, most notably the Phillipine-American War and European imperialism in the Congo. Twain succumbed to an illness and died on April 21, 1910. In his death, America and the literary world lost a great novelist, humorist, and social critic.

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