The Prince and the Pauper

Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York: Bantam Books, 1982. Twain’s story of an impish pauper who trades places with the next King of England (Edward VI) is political commentary appropriate for all ages. Tom Canty learns that it’s not easy to be king, while Edward learns that it’s pretty hard to be poor. And though all is restored in the end, Twain makes clear that heredity is less important than environment.