A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark TwainA new edition of Mark Twain's classic comic novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, originally published in 1889. The story of Hank Morgan, a Yankee engineer who receives a blow to the head only to wake up in Medieval England during the reign of King Arthur, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is considered to be one of the first and most popular examples of the time travel genre. In the novel, Morgan uses his engineering know-how to convince the Medieval people that the is a powerful wizard, before focusing his "powers" on helping modernize King Arthur's realm and improve the lives of the people. Yet this attracts the attention of adversaries and complications ensue. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is Mark Twain at his satirical best, focusing his acerbic pen at notions of chivalric idealism and feudalism and extolling the virtues of American practicality and ingenuity, but also raising questions about the changes overtaking America in the 1880s. Mark Twain, the pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910) was an American writer, remembered by many critics as the "greatest humorist the United States has produced" and, in the words of William Faulkner, "the father of American literature." His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) -- often called "The Great American Novel" -- The Prince and the Pauper (1881), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), among other works.