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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

Update: 2020-04-22

Preface

  • Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were
  • experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine.
  • Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual — he
  • is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and
  • therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture. The odd
  • superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children and slaves in the
  • West at the period of this story — that is to say, thirty or forty years ago.
  • Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I
  • hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my
  • plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were
  • themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer
  • enterprises they sometimes engaged in.
  • The Author. Hartford, 1876.