The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain


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"All modern American literature comes from a book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." (Ernest Hemingway)
Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Destined at first as a simple story of the adventures of a child in the Mississippi Valley, a continuation of Tom Sawyer, the book grew and matured under the hand of Twain in a work of immeasurable wealth and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate on the symbolic significance of Huck and Jim's journey is still fresh and remains an important work that can be enjoyed on many levels: as a story of incomparable adventure and as a classic of the American humor.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or, in more recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a novel by Mark Twain, published for the first time in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American novels, the work is one of the first of the most important American literature to be written in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other novels by Twain (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective) and friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a direct continuation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
The book is characterized by its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a prewar Southern society that had ceased to exist some 20 years before the play was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing satire on entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.
Perennially popular with readers, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has also been a constant subject of study by literary critics since its publication. The book was widely criticized after publication because of its extensive use of coarse language. Throughout the 20th century, and despite the arguments that the protagonist and the tenor of the book are antiracist, the book's criticism continued due both to its perceived use of racial stereotypes and its frequent use of "black" racial insult.

Revered by all the children of the city and feared by all his mothers, Huckleberry Finn is unquestionably the most attractive children's hero in American literature. Unlike the idyllic and fairytale world of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is firmly rooted in primitive reality. From the abusive drunk who serves as Huckleberry's father to Huck's first tentative struggle with questions of personal freedom and the unknown, Huckleberry Finn strives to delve a little deeper into the complexities, happy and tragic of life.

Author Mark Twain
Illustrator E. W. Kemble
Country United States
Language English
Series Tom Sawyer
Genre Picaresque novel
Publisher Chatto & Windus / Charles L. Webster And Company.
Publication date
December 10, 1884 (UK & Canada)