The Prince and the Pauper



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The Prince and the Pauper
Mark Twain

“A tale for young people of all ages” about self-reflection, the quality of mercy and social injustice. Tom is the youngest child of a poor family, living in London. One day, by coincidence, he meets Edward, the Prince of Wales. The two immediately notice their remarkable resemblance and are each fascinated by the life led by the other. They develop a plan to temporarily switch places and experience each other’s lives. This way, Prince Edward sees the harsh reality of the conditions under which his subjects live for the first time.

As the novel explores (fictional) historical and ethical contents an interdisciplinary teaching project with History and Social Science is possible.

· · 1882

Critical edition

Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. Penguin Classics, 1998. 256 pp., ISBN 9780140436693

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  • Classic
  • Explores historical contexts
  • Students can identify with the text

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