The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ,   first published in 1876, is a child's adventure story; it is also,  however, the story of a young boy's transition into a young man. In some ways, it is a  bildungsroman a novel whose principle subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a  youthful main character. It is not a true  bildungsroman ,   however, because Twain did not take Tom  into full manhood. One of America's best-loved tales,  Tom Sawyer  has a double appeal. First, it appeals to the young  adolescent as the exciting adventures of a typical boy during the mid-nineteenth century, adventures  that are still intriguing and delightful because they appeal to the basic instincts of nearly all young  people, regardless of time or culture. Second, the novel appeals to the adult reader who looks back  on his or her own childhood with fond reminiscences. In fact, in his preface to the first edition, Twain 
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