A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

During this vintage satiric novel, released in 1889, Hank Morgan, a manager in a Connecticut gun manufacturing facility, falls subconscious after being whacked at the head. whilst he wakes up he unearths himself in Britain in 528 — the place he's instantly captured, hauled again to Camelot to be exhibited ahead of the knights of King Arthur's around desk, and sentenced to dying. issues are usually not having a look stable.

But Hank is a quick-witted and enterprising fellow, and within the strategy of saving his lifestyles he turns himself right into a star of the top value. His Yankee ingenuity and information of the area past the darkish a long time are considered as the main strong sorcery — profitable him a place of top minister in addition to the everlasting enmity of a jealous Merlin. with a view to deliver democratic rules and mechanical wisdom to the dominion, Hank introduces newspapers, phones, bicycles, and different glossy conveniences to the england of the darkish a long time. but if he attempts to enhance the lot of the typical humans, chaos and conflict outcome, giving a bittersweet tone to this comedian masterpiece by way of considered one of America's maximum storytellers.

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In effect, the pamphleteers claimed that, as one Ralph Hamor (fl. ) claimed, in “Virginia: A Sermon Preached at White-Chapel” (1609) – it inspired some to visionary rhetoric. indd 23 23 8/1/2011 7:54:54 AM creaking lines from “News from Virginia” by Robert Rich (1587–1688), published in 1610: There is no fear of hunger here, for Corne much store here grows, Much fish the gallant Rivers yield, in truth, without suppose. Great stores of Fowle, of Venison, of Grapes, and Mulberries, Of Chestnuts, Walnuts, and such like of fruits and Strawberries.

Let any travel, it is without charge, and at every house is entertainment as in a hostelry, and with it a hearty welcome are stranger entertained. This vision of a return, not just to Eden, but to antique English virtues was announced by John Hammond (fl. 1655–1656) in “Leah and Rachel; or, The Two Fruitfull Sisters, Virginia and Maryland,” in 1656. In another pamphlet, “Virginia Impartially Examined” by William Bullock (1594–1650), published a year earlier, the vision was accompanied by an elaborate social program.

God himself is the founder and favourer of this Plantation,” asserted one William Crashaw (1572–1626) in 1617, in his “Epistle Dedicatorie” to a pamphlet about Virginia, “Good Newes from Virginia” (1617) by Alexander Whitaker (fl. 1617). In order to drive the point home, Crashaw and others compared Virginia to the Promised Land and its potential immigrants to the Israelites. It became commonplace to “prove” the providential nature of the place by such things as the miraculous escape of two early English explorers, called Gates and Somers, from shipwreck and their subsequent discovery of Bermuda.

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