Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Publication history and response

Twain first conceived of the idea behind A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in December 1884 and worked on it between 1885 and 1889.[5] The principal part of the writing was done at Twain's summer home at Elmira, New York and was completed at Hartford, Connecticut.[6] It was first published in England by Chatto & Windus under the title A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur in December 1889.[7] Writer and critic William Dean Howells called it Twain's best work and "an object-lesson in democracy".[8] The work was met with some indignation in Great Britain as it was perceived as "a direct attack on [its] the hereditary and aristocratic institutions".[6]

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