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Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is a delightful satire of England's romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparked the best of Mark Twain's tall tales. Two boys, one an urchin from London's filthy lanes, the other a prince born in a lavish palace, unwittingly trade identities. Thus a bedraggled "Prince of Poverty" discovers that his private dreams have all the come true - while a pampered Prince of Wales finds himself tossed into a rough-and-tumble world of squalid beggars and villainous thieves. Originally written as a story for children, THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is a classic novel for adults as well - through its stinging attack on the ageless human folly of attempting to measure true worth by outer appearances.