Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: in 35 minutes you get the whole story from cover to cover. (If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!) In each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them give their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. Each episode features Endnotes by Ted Schwartz, a segment with interesting facts about the author.

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“The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain

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S5 Ep 1

Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Elizabeth Flood & Phil Setnik

Author: Mark Twain

Year of Publication: 1882

Plot: A poor boy named Tom Canty and the Prince of Wales exchange identities. The events that follow force the pair to experience each other's lives, which does not come without consequences. Mistaken for a beggar, Edward must struggle to survive on the streets. Meanwhile, Tom, who has no knowledge of how to be a Prince, fears being mistaken for an imposter. The two boys learn a great deal of insight from living in each other's shoes.

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