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Tom Sawyer, Detective
is an 1896
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novel by Mark Twain
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. It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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(1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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(1884), and Tom Sawyer Abroad
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(1894). Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels of the time. Like the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story is told using the first-person narrative voice of Huck Finn.
- In 1938
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, the novel was made into a film directed by Louis King
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, starring Billy Cook as Tom and Donald O'Connor
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as Huckleberry Finn
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- A similar incarnation of Tom Sawyer appeared in the film version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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, set three years after the publication of this novel with the character one year older than his age in this novel, which is 17. In the novelization of the film
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, Sawyer mentions that he once worked as a detective.
In 1909, Danish schoolmaster Valdemar Thoresen claimed, in an article in the magazine Maaneds
, that the plot of the book had been plagiarized from Steen Blicher's story The Vicar of Weilby
The Rector of Veilbye , is a crime mystery written in 1829 by Danish author Steen Steensen Blicher. The novella is based upon a true murder case from 1626 in Vejlby, Denmark which Blicher knew partly from Erik Pontoppidan's Danish Church History , and partly through oral tradition...
. Blicher's work had been translated into German, but not into English, and Twain's secretary wrote Mr. Thoresen a letter, stating, "Mr. Clemens is not familiar with Danish and does not read German fluently, and has not read the book you mention, nor any translation or adaptation of it that he is aware of. The matter constituting 'Tom Sawyer, Detective,' is original with Mr. Clemens, who has never been consciously a plagiarist."
In fact, if the story were taken from any tale, it would actually be from a real one—in an introductory passage, Twain notes