The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper

By Mark Twain

  • Release Date: 1910-12-31
  • Genre: Historical Fiction for Young Adults
4 Score: 4 (From 583 Ratings)


An Apple Books Classics edition.

A chance meeting between Prince Edward Tutor and Tom Canty, a beggar’s son, brings with it the realization that they could be twins. So, when the opportunity to switch roles arises, Edward and Tom take it! Soon, both boys are in over their heads, with seemingly no way back to their own lives.

Beloved American author Mark Twain’s signature wit and talent for words sparkles throughout The Prince and the Pauper. In a sea of stories about characters who switch lives, this one stands out.


  • Prince and the Pauper

    By Esterjane
    At 73 I thoroughly enjoyed this book .
  • Prince and the Pauper

    By Gouda_Cheese_543
    Lost interest became boring af
  • Enjoyable

    By Jaleesa Yoder
    While the story obviously never happened, it’s a great read and great entertainment, from the story of the switch to the breathtaking suspense of the moment when the real king might have been rejected. I consider the character Tom Canty to be a noble person, and an honest one in his readiness to insist the real king have the throne. Few people of today will do that. Excellent book!
  • Excellent Book!

    By Just Bob
    This book tells a wonderful story, and is technically very good as an ePub, too. So many free ePubs have many errors. Not so, this book. There are relatively few. As for the story, I was enchanted by this pious tell of a prince who learns the lesson of compassion by being treated compassionlessly by others, not that he had to learn this lesson, for he was already good. Twain weaves historical events into his tale, which he explains in his notes at the end. Very enjoyable, and easy to read.
  • Enjoyable, Fun, Educational Read

    By jaysafari
    As a fan of the author's ability to spin a tale, I thoroughly and voraciously enjoyed this story... I blazed through it in 4 long sessions. The author's casually graceful humor could be seen throughout. I'd recommend to fans and new readers of Twain alike! @jayduh32
  • A Must Read!

    By Goodienbf
    Read it in 2 days. What makes it interesting is he mixed fiction with a little bit of history, giving the readers a glimpse into the 1500s. Easy read.
  • The inspired and the entertained

    By macaulaydougie
    Mark Twain's story has been recreated many times, as movie adaptation and even loosely recreated in Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator." This was my first reading of this story and I enjoyed Twain's ironic humor; his boyhood adventure style, replacing Tom and Huck with Edward Tutor; and his Shakespearian style that comes across in the story's dialogue and narration. An excellent piece of fiction inspired by a first class trip to Europe.
  • Oh man!

    By CinVT
    To be discovering Twain at 45... Amazing!
  • The Prince and the pauper

    By Dorajane76
    Samuel Clemons (mark Twain) showed his understanding of people in this book. He showed the knowledge of English history and the draconian legal system. It showed the poverty of the common people. Stealing an item of a certain price was punishable with the death penalty. He empowered a very young king to fix some of these inequities. One so young wouldn't usually have this wisdom, but this king had lived the poor life, thanks to the plot of the story. A very insightful book.
  • The Prince & The Pauper

    By Newhon63
    I had never read the book before. An excellent story about changing roles in the 14th century(If I remember) The way they spoke in those days is reflected in the book so. It was not an easy read at first but once you get used to it and immerse yourself in it, it becomes easier to understand. If not for the strange speech I would have given it 5 stars .