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Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:38:44 -0800
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I mentioned a while back that I was reading Mark Twain The Fate of Humor
by James M. Cox, in fits and starts during my lunch break at work.  I
was a bit surprised to read that he'd considered The Prince and the
Pauper to be a failure.  Rather strong words.  I grant that it is not up
to par with the likes of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but then few
books are. I was wondering if this is the prevailing consensus among
Twain scholars.  I've just started a series of readings from this novel
as Second Life events, the virtual world on the internet.  I must admit
that Twain's attempts to duplicate speech patterns from the court of
King Henry VIII are awkward, a skill he was a master of with the
dialects along the Mississippi River.

Just curious....