The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Language: English
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in 1876. Written entirely in vernacular English, the novel is among the first major American novels to be written in this style.

The novel is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, on the Mississippi River. It tells the story of Tom Sawyer, a mischievous boy who has many adventures with his friends, including Huckleberry Finn. Tom's adventures include witnessing a murder, attending his own funeral, and going on a treasure hunt.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer explores a number of themes, including:

  • Childhood: The novel is a nostalgic celebration of childhood. Tom's adventures are full of excitement and danger, but they are also infused with a sense of innocence and wonder.
  • Friendship: The novel explores the power of friendship. Tom's friendship with Huck Finn is one of the most enduring and heartwarming relationships in American literature.
  • Good versus evil: The novel also explores the theme of good versus evil. Tom is a good boy at heart, but he is also capable of mischief and deceit. The novel shows how the line between good and evil is often blurred.
  • Coming of age: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is also a coming-of-age story. Tom learns valuable lessons about life and responsibility through his adventures.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is considered one of the most important American novels ever written. It is a classic coming-of-age story that has entertained and inspired readers for generations. The novel has also been praised for its vivid descriptions of the Mississippi River and its realistic portrayal of childhood.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has been adapted into numerous films and television shows, including:

  • Tom Sawyer (1938 film)
  • Tom Sawyer (1973 television series)
  • Tom Sawyer (1995 film)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (2011 film)

These adaptations have helped to bring Twain's novel to a wider audience and have made Tom Sawyer one of the most iconic characters in American literature.


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