A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

The story of a commonsense Yankee sent back to medieval Britain highlights homegrown inventiveness and democratic virtues.

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Release Date
January 1, 1889

Pages
480

Book Genres
Adventure
Classics
Fantasy
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor
Literature

ISBN10
0553211439

ISBN13
9780553211436

Mark Twain’s satire ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,’ one of the greatest in American literature, begins when Hank Morgan, a skilled mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England arms factory, is struck on the head during a quarrel and awakens to find himself among the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot. The ‘Yankee’ declares boldly that he would “master the entire country in three weeks” and embarks on an ambitious plan to modernize Camelot using 19th century industrial technologies such as electricity and guns. It’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose!

‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,’ written in 1889, is one of literature’s first genre mash-ups and one of the first works to involve time travel. It is one of Mark Twain’s most well-known stories, as well as one of his most original. Despite the Old World backdrop, Twain utilizes the piece to launch a social commentary on contemporary culture, a thinly veiled indictment of the times.

While ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ contains hints of the dark pessimism that would develop in Twain’s later writings, the novel will be remembered mostly for its great leaps of imagination, dazzling humor, and amusing storytelling.