About the Author
William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century.
Date of Birth:November 30, 1835
Date of Death:April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:Redding, Connecticut
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Chapter I Camelot
Excerpted from "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments vii
The Text of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1
[The Natural History of Morals] W. E. H. Leeky 386
[The Saints of the Desert] 388
Composition and Publication 391
Related Documents 392
The "Tournament" in a.d. 1870 392
[The Herald's Report of Twain's Speech at Governor's Island] 394
The New Dynasty 397
Enchantments and Enchanters 403
Notebook and Journal Entries 405
A Connecticut Yankee in Letters 409
To Mary Mason Fairbanks, November 16, 1886 409
To Charles L. Webster, August 3, 1887 410
To Theodore Crane, October 5, 1888 410
From Edmund Clarence Stedman, July 7, 1889 411
To William Dean Howells, August 5, 1889 413
To William Dean Howells, August 24, 1889 413
To William Dean Howells, September 22, 1889 414
To William Dean Howells, November 22, 1889 415
To William Dean Howells, December 23, 1889 415
To Sylvester Baxter, November 20, 1889 415
Dan Beard's Illustrations 417
[Making the Illustrations for A Connecticut Yankee] Daniel Carter Beard 417
[The Character of the Yankee] Daniel Carter Beard 419
To Dan Beard, August 28, 1989 Mark Twain 419
To a Reader, December 20, 1889 Mark Twain 420
Reading the Illustrations in A Connecticut Yankee Beverly David Ray Sapirstein 420
Early Criticism 429
[Nothing More Delicious] Sylvester Baxter 429
[His Wonder-Story] William Dean Howells 432
[King Arthur or Jay Gould?] The London Daily Telegraph 436
Mark Twain's New Book: A Satirical Attack on English Institutions William T. Stead 440
[This Melancholy Product of the American Mind] The Boston Literary World 443
Recent Criticism 445
"Well, My Book Is Written-Let It Go. …": The Making of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Howard G. Baetzhold 445
The Use of History in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee Howard G. Baetzhold 477
The Ideas in a Dream Henry Nash Smith 492
The Meaning of A Connecticut Yankee Everett Carter 501
The Quarrel with Romance Bruce Michelson 520
Hank Morgan's and Mark Twain's Queer Anxieties Tison Pugh 536
A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of Wu Chih Tien Hsuan Hsu 547
Compositional Chronology 561
Selected Bibliography 563
What People are Saying About This
"Dufris's enthusiastic narration is perfect; the deep drawl he produces might very well be the voice of Twain himself, and his pacing and comedic timing will delight listeners." -Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review
Reading Group Guide
1. How does Hank Morgan change throughout the novel? Is this change for the better, or for worse? How does his speech reflect his change in attitude?
2. The theme of the “mysterious stranger” (an outsider who enters a community or circle and enacts some kind of disruption) often appears in Twain’s works. How does Hank use his status as an “outsider” to his advantage? What does he bring from the outside that benefits sixth-century England? Into which world does Hank ultimately fit?
3. What is Hank Morgan’s view of the Catholic church?
4. Many critics consider A Connecticut Yankee to be Twain’s most flawed work because he simply wanted to do “too much.” Do you agree? If so, why?
5. Consider the end of the novel. What statement does Twain make with this ending? Do you feel it is a fulfilling way to end the book?