“If Mark Twain had never written another book but Tom Sawyer he probably would have retained the same claim to immortality, for never has a story more perfectly captured the pranks, pains and sheer joy of boyhood.
Tom Sawyer grew up in a little town called Hannibal, Missouri, which nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River. He lived with his Aunt Polly who had a waspish tongue and a heart of gold, had his first crush on pretty Becky Thatcher and got into elaborate mischief with his great companion, Huckleberry Finn. Actually, however, his story could just as well have happened in any town or city where a spirited boy looks around for adventure and generally lands in trouble.
For more than fifty years, generations of boys and girls and their mothers and fathers have chuckled over Tom’s misadventures. When you read how Tom managed to escape from the job he hated most—whitewashing the fence—of how he ran away from home and turned up again at his own funeral, you’ll understand again why this is one of the great American books of all time.” (flap copy)
- Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
- Illustrator: Donald McKay
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
- Place: New York
- Year: 1946
- Edition: Illustrated Junior Library
- Length: 304pp
- Dimensions: 5” x 8.25” x 1.13”
- Condition: The dustjacket is in great condition for its age: the colors are bright, the spine is only slightly tanned from light exposure, and the general wear and tear is limited to its edges and along the folds. The DJ is price clipped. The boards underneath are covered in bright red cloth and are in great condition, practically pristine. “MT” is embossed on the front cover, and the titles on the spine are gilt. The pages are clean and crisp—no folds, tears, or extraneous marks. Both the front and back endpapers are illustrated with the fence painting scene from the novel.