Dear Dr. Ober and other commentators on the schoolbook topic:
In a wryly amusing follow-up essay about the difficulties of editing any
scholarly edition, Beverly Lyon Clark comments on the challenges and
pleasures she encountered in preparing the new W. W. Norton version of THE
ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (2007) in her "Editing Tom, Norton Critically," THE
MARK TWAIN ANNUAL, 2007, No. 5 (2007): 15-24. On page 19 of this article
Professor Clark discusses the strong probability that the page Becky
Thatcher tore was the frontispiece in Calvin Cutter's ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
(1848). It seems to me that she makes a strong case for this being the book
Twain had in mind in chapter twenty of TOM SAWYER.
Let me wish every Forum subscriber a joyous Thanksgiving!
Auburn University at Montgomery