The Prince and the Pauper is a book written by American classic writer Mark Twain published in 1881. First published in Canada, it is the first historical fiction book written by Mark Twain. The book is set in the early 1500's, where readers follow the story of two young boys that are not twins, but look the same. One of the twins is a prince, the other a pauper, and Twain explores the similarities and differences between the rich and the poor.
Samuel Clemens is more enthusiastically known by the pseudonym Mark Twain, and was an American writer born in 1835 and living until 1910. Twain's most well known book is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which got Twain popular among all ages of readers. Twain is notable for the amount of money he received for his works - he was one of the first rich writers of the era.
Of his books, The Prince and the Pauper is among one of the least well received, despite having a clever and witty storyline.