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Around 8th grade I discovered Mark Twain. It was summertime, school was out, and I was bored.
From my Dad’s bookshelves I pulled multiple volumes of classic Twain including A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Pudd’nhead Wilson, and Huckleberry Finn. My two favorites were The Prince and the Pauper and The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Twain took me from the royal court of England to weilding a sword alongside Joan of Arc.
Most of Twain’s titles are now available free for Kindle through Amazon. If you do not have a Kindle, simply download the free Kindle App to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can easily read with any of your devices.
Most of us recall Twain’s writings from middle and high school assignments, often from abridged editions for children. Before downloading, especially for students, I encourage reading the reviews. Some of the books (some of the lesser known titles) may not be suitable for every age or simply uninteresting.
While the following books are free, you can also download the professional narration through Kindle’s Whispersync at greatly reduced prices (.49 to .99). Whispersync’s link is listed on each book it is available on. Also, be sure and double-check all pricing as it can change without notice on Amazon. All of these links are free at time of posting.
After all these years there are still a few Twain books I have yet to read and hopefully, enjoy as much as those that summer long ago.
The Prince and the Pauper
If by chance, the complete story is not available for free, you can download The Prince and the Pauper divided into 9 volumes. Downloading each part separately is a great way to break the story into manageable chucks for young readers.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 1.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 2.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 3.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 4.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 5.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 6.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 7.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 8.
The Prince and the Pauper, Part 9.
And more, free Twain Classics…
The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer’s Comrade
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Volume 1
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Volume 2
Life on the Mississippi
On the Decay of the Art of Lying
How to Tell a Story and Other Essays
Those Extraordinary Twins
The Innocents Abroad
The American Claimant
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories
A Double Barrelled Detective Story
A Dog’s Tale
The 30,000 Dollar Bequest and Other Stories
Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories
Following the Equator
The Mysterious Stranger
If you enjoyed this list of free classics, check out: Free Classics: Nathaniel Hawthorne.