Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Prince and the Pauper” as Want to Read:
The Prince and the Pauper
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Prince and the Pauper

by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  74,423 ratings  ·  1,115 reviews
Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain’s classic “tale for young people of all ages” features two identical-looking boys—a prince and a pauper—who trade clothes and step into each other’s lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties inflicted on the poor by the Tudor mo ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by Modern Library (first published 1881)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Prince and the Pauper, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Prince and the Pauper

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Henry Avila
Imagine you're a nine-year-old boy, grungy rags for clothes, belly empty, a sadistic father who beats you, if you don't beg for money (and get it) . Afraid of life, an endless, joyless, struggle, to survive. The only relief from the grim reality, is sleep, for a few hours, on the dirty floor, in something not quite a shelter. Maybe dream of a better existence, then a few hours after, a fantasy, everything you desire, is no problem to obtain. And the child , is now the King of England ! That's th ...more
Shahr Baran
الان كه فكر ميكنم ميبينم ما كه كودكيمان در ده شصت بود چقدر خوشبخت بوديم ..همه كارتون هاي ناب ومورد علاقه ما از روي كتابهاي نويسنده هاي بزرگ دنيا ساخته شده ..داستان شاهزاده وگدا رو همه ميدونيم ..ادوارد شاهزاده انگلستان در حياط قصر متوجه پسر بچه اي بي نهايت شبيه خودش ميشه ومخفيانه اونو به داخل قصر مياره وبا تعويض لباس تما م جايگاه شاهزادگي وسلطنتش ناگهان عوض ميشه ..كتابش رو همون موقع خوندم وزياد هم نويسنده اش رو نميشناختم وهمون موقع كه نوجون بودم جز نگاه سرگرم كننده نظر ديگه اي نداشتم اما الان فكر ...more
Afshar
دو زندگی ،یکی در بالاترین مقام جامعه و یکی در بدترین شرایط جامعه
پادشاهی و گدایی
و بعد مارک تواین، بازیگرهای این دو نقش را باهم عوض میکند
تا از تاثیر محیط در تربیت انسان ها بگوید

هرچی میخوام این داستانو را یه جورایی به هزارو یکشب ربط بدهم و از دزدی ادبی بگویم، میبینم که نمی شود این وصله ها را به مارک تواین چسباند
:)
تنها ربط شان در عوض کردن لباس های فقر و ثروت است
داستان شاه و گدا، که در شبی سیاه و تاریک همچو دل بیرحم پادشاهی ستمگر، گدایی خفته در کوچه ای کثیف را بر تخت پادشاهی می نشانند و صبحش که در
...more
Chris
Upon moving to Glenview, I had no reliable bookstore I was aware of, save the bigass Barnes & Nobles near the train station by work. Such a shop near my train station isn’t quite helpful, as the maximum I have at such a locale is about 6 minutes, and it’s a 3 minute walk from the station. Upon finding Books-A-Million, I was quite content; in what I believe to be my first visit there, I had a hankering (for some unknown reason) to get a copy of the much-cited Mark Twain classic “The Celebrate ...more
Pete daPixie
The first thing to say is I NEVER read historical fiction. NEVER EVER. So that is why I picked up this book by Samuel Clemens. I just love what came off the silver gilded pen of this persona from Missouri. I could easily have gone higher than three stars if Mr Twain had extended this short novel. Short, but sweet with honeyed prose.
'The Prince and the Pauper' may appear in the guise of a feeble children's story. An unlikely tale of rags and riches set in Tudor England. Yet, Mark Clemens, or is t
...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This is one of my favorite books of Mark Twain. Tom Canty is a poor boy in the London slums. His birth only brings more poverty to his already dirt poor family. Edward VI is the long awaited heir to the English throne. They are born on the same day and look so alike they can't believe it. They exchange clothes and Edward VI ends up being thrown out of the palace by guards who think he is the poor boy he looks to be. Both boys have difficulty fitting into the other's lives.

Tom comes to like the l
...more
Ben Babcock
This is not my first time to the Mark Twain rodeo, but it has been a long time since I last visited. Twain is not high on my list of priorities, sorry to say. However, this lovely edition of The Prince and the Pauper found its way into my possession, so I decided to challenge those priorities. While I don’t think I will be rushing to devour the rest of Twain’s oeuvre just yet, this book has certainly given me a more mature appreciation of Twain as a writer. After all, the last time I encountered ...more
Jeff
Everything by Mark Twain is good. I only knew this from a kids' (or maybe Disney) version. The most amusing thing was Twain's Shakespearian flourishes. Check out this little bit of "dialogue" from the dying king:

"He is mad; but he is my son, and England's heir; and, mad or sane, still shall he reign! And hear ye further, and proclaim it: whoso speaketh of this his distemper worketh against the peace and order of these realms, and shall to the gallows! . . . Give me to drink -- I burn: this sorro
...more
Steph
This book was excellent. It was hard to get into at first because I brought it to read in school, and because some of the diction is quite wordy and eloquent, it was hard to read with background noise. However, this is to be expected of any classic, so I didn't give up, I just read it at home instead where it was quieter and there were less distractions. In the beginning, I set myself to read 25 pages a day and I did, no more and no less, but eventually (about halfway through the novel) I starte ...more
Sarah ( Paris )

إدوارد ابن ملك انجلترا .. ووريث العرش..
وتوم ابن لص متسول ..
وأقرب إلى طفل متشرد ..



" يلتقي الفَتَيان ذات يوم مصادفةً، يقرران تبديل ملابسهما ليرى كل منهما الوجه الآخر من الحياة، لكنهما يفترقان فجأة قبل أن تُتَح لهما فرصة تغيير ملابسهما، فيجد كل منهما نفسه أسير حياة الآخر "


لكنها ..

ليست مجرد قصة ..
ليست مجرد قصة صبيين التقيا وتبادلا حياتيهما .. ليست قصة ادوارد وتوم ..

إنها أكثر من ذلك ..
إنها تأريخ لانجلترا بعد وفاة هنري الثامن ..
وتقدم لنا هذه الرواية الساحرة ..
الكثير من المغامرات ..
اقرأوها ولن تندموا أ
...more
Nancy K.
There was much to learn and to reflect after reading this novel. It really had me thinking about life morals and values. It kept me asking: What would it feel like to be put into another person's shoes? Does your perspective of that person change once you experience what they have experienced their entire life? My inquires were answered throughout the course of the entire book. However, before I reveal the answers, I should probably give you a concise summary of the book. "The Prince and the Pau ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
این داستان دربارهٔ پادشاه ششم انگلستان که در ربع دوم قرن شانزدهم میلادی میزیست نوشته شده است. در یکی از روزهای پاییزی، در خانوادهای فقیر، پسری به دنیا آمد که خانوادهاش نمیخواستند به دنیا بیاید. ولی در همان روز در خانوادهٔ پادشاه انگلستان - هنری هشتم – پسری به دنیا آمد که نه تنها خانوادهاش بلکه همهٔ مردم انگلستان منتظر به دنیا آمدنش بودند. آن روز همه دربارهٔ به دنیا آمدن ادوارد تئودور، شاهزادهٔ ویلز حرف میزدند و شاهزاده در پارچههای ابریشم و اطلسی، در خواب ناز بود، اما کسی از به دنیا آمدن کودک دیگ ...more
Mikey B.
What a delightful story this is! It is filled with wit and humor as one would expect from Mark Twain.

We follow our two main protagonists in their re-adjustments to their new lifestyles as they inadvertently swap roles. So many interesting themes and nuances are interwoven into the narrative mix – such as be careful what you wish for. Neither character is painted as being immaculate, as their defects manifest themselves as they undertake their new positions. The contrasting lifestyles within the
...more
Tarissa
The Prince and the Pauper is a children's classic written by American author, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).

This is a fun bit of literature to read. Children will especially enjoy the story since it centers upon two boys as they share the adventure of a lifetime. Tom Canty, a poor boy with an abusive father and only crumbs to eat for supper; Prince Edward, monarch of the Tudor dynasty and heir to King Henry VIII. What circumstances could possibly lead these two to even meet, with completely opposi
...more
Simona Bartolotta
Ho sempre amato questa storia, ma stranamente la prosa di Twain non ha saputo coinvolgermi come le altre volte. Le mie aspettative, ahimè, sono state deluse.
Ma don't worry Mark, ti amo ancora.
Alexandra Swann
It's hard not to enjoy this fun story by Mark Twain that has been copied countless times. /This is the oft-retold story of a poor boy who trades place with an identical-looking pampered prince. The lessons learned by both boys through trading lives are timeless.

I read this one in school and I did not appreciate Twain's writing style as much then as I do now. Because of the setting of this book, Twain uses a little more formal style in this book than he does in many of his others, but it is still
...more
Mom
Mark Twain is known for his social satire and I can see that in this book, but I like to read for the story, not for hidden meanings.
Wendy
I really enjoyed this book. I love how the boys relate at first and how the whole mix-up gets started--and I love watching Edward learn and grow, while at the same time maintaining a sense of innocence and ignorance that's charming and amusing (and protects him, as people think he's mad). My only complaint is that Tom, while sympathetic and good, doesn't really learn or grow at all. He already knows he would like a life of privilege; he already knows he hates his father but loves his mother and ...more
Sonia Reppe
Sep 12, 2008 Sonia Reppe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not children
I actually have the junior deluxe edition, printed in the year MCMLIV (what year is that?) but I can't find any junior deluxe editions in goodreads. This is a tale told about the boy prince Edward Tudor VI, and Tom, the pauper boy whom Edward befriends and feels pity for. They trade clothes for fun, intending to change right back, but before they can, the prince runs to give an order and is thrown out onto the street in his rags.
This is known as a children's classic, subtitled "A Tale for Youn
...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
A classic by the incomparable Mark Twain. Tom Canty is a poor abused lad born on the same day as Prince Edward. The two trade places and spend time in the other's lives. Prince Edward is out in the world discovering how rough it really is. Tom is in the palace believed to be crazy.

The story and plot were great but I must admit that the language used was a little hard to follow at times. I was already familiar with the story due to the fact it IS a classic. I have memories of seeing a movie based
...more
Kierstin
This was just about the most darling book ever! At first glance, it seemed to be a dull and difficult read to understand, but in all reality, it wasn't that at all. The characters were very lovable and it presented a good moral story that tugs at the heartstrings enough to make you want to keep going back to read. As this was my first Mark Twain novel, I was pleasantly surprised (yes, you can even say "tickled") by his style of writing, and I hope to read more of his works in the near future.
John Valesano
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Samah
I remember reading this amazing book by mark twain when I was 15; I quite liked it then ..
the story is reaaaally outstanding ..
two boys (as obvious : a prince and a pauper )whom are extremely alike; switching roles in every thing (clothes , behaviour ,.....etc.)..
the luxurious lifestyle amazes the pauper ; however a very rare element is missed in the prince' way of life (CARE & LOVE) ..
The prince on the other hand feels sorry for his poor friend and the way he's living ..his cruel father ..s
...more
Matt Berning
Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper" may be considered one of his best works, but in my opinion it lacks some of the qualities of his other works that make them so great. The story takes place in 16th century England, and revolves around a Prince, Edward, and a peasant, Tom Canty, who switch roles due to their similar looks. The Prince is extremely displeased with his new lifestyle, but when he claims to be a prince he is laughed at. Meanwhile, Tom Canty, who is believed to be the Prince, is ...more
Karen
It is so hard to rate "classics" like this. I'm sure this was marvellous in it's time, and although I found it entertaining enough, and I can appreciate the writing, it didn't always hold my attention
Alan
Oct 23, 2008 Alan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the royal concept and confusion, very good if you enjoy Shakespere.
I really disliked this book, for some apparent reason. I do not enjoy reading in Shakespearan language, and the wording really confused me which distracted me to understand the concept of the story.
Gina
I have a confession.

When I was a small child, around seven or eight, my favorite movie was Barbie's The Princess and the Pauper. When I re-watched it with my little stepsister last summer, I was so disappointed. Since when was the animation so subpar? Were the story and the songs always that cheesy?

Well, this book is much heavier and less musical than its Barbie-ified version, and the plots are waaaay different, but this is also better. (My seven-year-old self would probably disagree.) I'm not g
...more
John Yelverton
This story has been covered in so many ways, it's easy to forget that it's a piece of classic literature.
Rooja K-d
اولین کتاب داستانی که خوندم. دوم ابتدایی بودم. از این بابت خیلی خیلی دوستش دارم. یادش به خیر
Hannah
4.5 stars.

I am actually surprised how good this book was. I'm not a huge fan of classics, but I tend to try and force myself to read them to push me out of my YA comfort zone.

Now, I'm not going to lie. Being thirteen and all I watched the Barbie movie based off of this. So that is partially the reason I read this book at all in the first place. That felt more like a confession than a statement.

Anyway, I was impressed by the writing. Mark Twain is known for Huck Fin and Tom Sawyer. And it was
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Fairy Tales
  • Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
  • Maggie: a Girl of the Streets: and Other Tales of New York
  • Nobody's Boy
  • The Enchanted Castle & Five Children and It
  • The Prairie
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Captains Courageous
  • The Prisoner of Zenda & Rupert of Hentzau
  • The Lady of the Lake
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Kidnapped (David Balfour, #1)
  • Dick Sands the Boy Captain (The Extraordinary Voyages #17)
  • Sailing Alone around the World
  • Selected Stories
  • The Adventures of Baron Münchausen
1244
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work
...more
More about Mark Twain...
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, #2) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, #1) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Pudd'nhead Wilson

Share This Book

“When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.” 183 likes
“Learning softeneth the heart and breedeth gentleness and charity.” 19 likes
More quotes…